Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Dream School for the Disadvantaged; Expansion Plans at Burnett Learning Centre

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Dream School for the Disadvantaged; Expansion Plans at Burnett Learning Centre

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Byline: Lea Emery

THEIR dream school is only in the early planning stages, but the school for disadvantaged students is already excited about the prospect of a bigger educational facility.

The Burnett Youth Learning Centre is planning a major expansion that would see its maximum number more than double from 40 to 100 students.

The expansion, expected to take between five and 10 years, also coincides with the school's first foray into co-education, with five girls to be the first female students in the new school year.

Burnett Youth Learning Centre director Barry Reynolds said while the school would be able to have up to 100 students, it would cap its intake in the short term.

C[pounds sterling]We exist because there is a need in the community for those who have been failed by mainstream education,C[yen] he said. C[pounds sterling]We use the training facilities that we have as a carrot to keep the students interested.C[yen]

Mr Reynolds said in the next year the school hoped to build a hospitality facility and an educational training facility, costing about $1. …

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