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The future of Loxton High
School's performing arts building
remains in limbo, with the decision
The school decided to self-fund the
building after they were denied a loan
from the Department of Education and
Child Development, with the initial cost
of the building estimated at $350,000.
However, final costings blew out to
$900,000 and the governing council was
expected to come to a decision at this
However, Loxton High School princi-
pal John Tiver said more time and clari-
fication was needed before a decision
could be made about whether to go ahead
with the building.
"I just think it is important that we ask
to be provided with more accurate details
of why it has increased," Mr Tiver said.
"I did not think there was a timeline
pressure on it. I think it is best to get it
right before we make a decision.
"It is prudent management to make
sure we get return of investment and that
we don't overpay or get overcharged."
Mr Tiver said the governing council
currently had two options.
"It will either be a new facility or to
invest in the current facilities and equip-
ment that we have got," he said.
In addition to the building cost, Mr
Tiver said technology and other equipment
would need to be purchased for the build-
ing, at an estimated cost of $150,000.
Mr Tiver said the need for a performing
arts building was "long overdue", made
evident during Loxton High School's
"They have had issues with shifting
sets and costumes and normal music per-
formances that move to one side of the
school to the other, it is all kind of things
like that," he said.
The Loxton High School governing
council is expected to come to a decision
at the meeting next month.
by Emma Walter
Loxton High School students will be
lacing up their sneakers and securing their
helmets on Friday for the annual Walk and
Ride for CF and Heart Research.
The fundraiser started in 2010, initially to raise
money for cystic fibrosis research, but has since
grown to include the Heart Foundation.
Prefect John Fisher said the school was aiming
to raise around $1000, with locals urged to sponsor
students as they undertake a long or short bicycle
ride, or a walk.
"It's a great event and raises money for two
worthy causes, so we wanted to see the tradition
continue," he said.
"The prefects have been planing this for quite
a while. Pretty much the whole school supports it
each year, so we're expecting another good turn-
"Past and current students have been impacted
by both heart conditions and cystic fibrosis... either
themselves or their brothers/sisters, so it's impor-
tant to keep the event running."
Experienced and eager cyclists will be tackling a
26.3km course, which will see them ride from the
school along Bookpurnong Road/Terrace towards
the TV tower and continue along behind Tookayerta
and back along Paruna Road.
A shorter course is also available.
Meanwhile, walkers will complete a 7.5km loop.
Following the Walk and Ride there will be a sau-
sage sizzle and students can purchase cool drinks,
with sales going towards the total donation.
If community members wish to support the fund-
raiser they can pass on cash donations at the school
reception desk between 9am and 3pm.
Loxton High School prefects (from left) Marc Worsfold, Laura Zdanowicz, John Fisher, Molly
O'Dea and Jack Jaensch will be lacing up their sneakers and securing their helmets for this
week's walk/ride which will raise funds for cystic fibrosis research and the Heart Foundation.
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