WINDFALL: Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli, Grafton High captains Kurt Bloomer and Georgia Patterson, member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis and GHS principal Peter South. Photo:Adam Hourigan
WINDFALL: Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli, Grafton High captains Kurt Bloomer and Georgia Patterson, member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis and GHS principal Peter South. Photo:Adam Hourigan

Valley to get $2.4m more

THERE are both winners and losers for Clarence Valley schools under the New South Wales Government's new school funding model.

State Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli undertook a whistle-stop tour of north coast schools this week, calling in to Grafton High on Wednesday to share details of last month's announcement which will see an additional $2.44 million for the schools in the Clarence electorate through the resource allocation model.

While several schools will benefit, including Grafton High School which will receive $379,000 in additional equity funding, Mr Piccoli admitted some schools would see a decrease in equity funding from next year.

He said Chatsworth Island Public School and Palmers Island Public Schools were among those missing out.

The winners include Maclean High School, South Grafton Public School and South Grafton High School, collectively benefiting from an additional $2.44 million in 2014, according to the minister.

"The RAM loading for students from low social-economic backgrounds delivers fairer and more transparent distribution of funding," Mr Piccoli said.

"The rate of funding per student is based on a combination of individual student and school need using the Family Occupation and Education Index.

"The RAM for the first time provides funding to each of the 49,000 Aboriginal students enrolled in NSW public schools."

Mr Piccoli said a new preschool funding model would also see an extra investment of $442,386 in the Clarence Valley electorate.

"The new funding model provides higher funding for four and five year olds; significantly increased support for disadvantaged children aged three years and older; and increased support for preschools in remote communities."

THE WINNERS AND LOSERS

Maclean High School will receive an $111,000 boost;

An additional $182,000 will go to South Grafton Public School;

South Grafton High School will receive $130,000 in RAM funding;

Funding for Chatsworth Island will decrease by $6871 in 2014, and Palmers Island will be down $5074;

All together Clarence Valley schools and preschools will benefit from an additional

$2.44 million in 2014.

More info at www.dec.nsw.gov.au.



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