MINISTER for Education Sarah Mitchell has now seen firsthand for herself the condition of the female dormitories at Yanco Agricultural High School.
The dorms and the state they are in were brought to her attention by the school, as well as students, parents and Member for Murray Helen Dalton.
Ms Mitchell visited the school last week for a tour of the dorms, as well as the school itself.
Calls have been mounting for the state government to upgrade these dorms, which have several issues, including what Mrs Dalton said was inappropriate heating and cooling, cramped living areas and issues regarding emergency exits.
The dorms are located in demountable buildings and were not intended to be permanent. Ms Mitchell acknowledged upgrading the dorms wasn't currently in the state government's budget, but now she was aware of the issues and had seen them for herself, she would be keeping them in mind for potential work in the future.
"We spoke about the work that is underway and work that is due to happen at the school in the future," she said.
"We had a full tour of the school and looked at all of the boarding facilities, including some of the female dorm areas that they had some concerns with.
"I have had certainly the ICPA (Isolated Children's Parents' Association) and the (YAHS) P&C get in touch with our office about the facilities at the school, which is why I wanted to go and have a look for myself."
Travelling with Ms Mitchell were two senior representatives from the department, including one who is second in charge of school infrastructure.
"I wanted them to be aware of the situation there as well," Ms Mitchell said.
"I was quite upfront with the (YAHS) principal and the school community in that there isn't a current budget for that sort of project (upgrading the girls dormitories) at this point in time, but certainly to know it is something that is now on my radar in terms of what that school community is asking for.
"I will certainly be keeping it in mind now that I have seen it and am aware of it.
"The reality is we do need to go through certain process when it comes to funding for capital projects, but it was good for me to see it in person.
"We said we would come back to the school community with some potential ways forward in due course."
Discussions on the day also focused on the two other agricultural boarding schools in NSW and why this type of education is so important and needs to be sustained, including at Yanco.
"I've endeavoured to meet with (all three principals) again in a few weeks at this point," Ms Mitchell said.