THE Orange Anglican Grammar School is counting its blessings after the sale of the school by the Bathurst Anglican diocese was finalised before news of the bank closing in on the church’s debts broke.
The Commonwealth Bank has frozen several of the Bathurst Anglican diocese’s accounts as it moves to recover as much of the $36 million debt owed as possible despite the sale of the Orange Anglican Grammar School and The Macquarie Anglican Grammar School in Dubbo.
The sale of the Orange school to the Sydney Anglican School Corporation went through last week and principal Len Elliott is excited to get capital works programs off the ground.
Under the ownership of the Bathurst diocese the school had millions of dollars worth of debt hanging over its head but with the Sydney Anglican School Corporation comes funding and expertise.
“Things started happening right from day one,” Mr Elliott said.
Mr Elliott said one of the most significant changes to the way the school operates comes with an online management system that is like an educational hub students and staff can access.
The addition brings the Grammar school in line with other high schools in Orange as most have these systems in operation.
Mr Elliott said he was also excited to begin projects such as expanding sporting facilities.
Contracts on the adjacent property to the school were exchanged and should settle in the next few weeks so the school can start construction.
Internet speed at the facility could become 10 times faster with the planned addition of a mast or tower on the school property.
“We’re very, very happy. “It has been intense but productive,” Mr Elliott said.
The school is also looking at expanding the number of classrooms and enhancing the landscape.