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Local schools get $4 million in extra funding

LOCAL schools at Garah, Moree, Boggabilla, Boomi, Gravesend, North Star, Pallamallawa, Toomelah, Mallawa, Bullarah and Mungindi have in the past three years received funding through the Gonski reforms for over the last three years and yesterday parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW Adam Marshall announced a 23 per cent increase – an additional $4 million – in needs-based recurrent funding for Northern Tablelands public schools in 2017.

A passionate advocate of the Gonski educations reforms, Mr Marshall said this additional support was a result of the NSW Government being the first to sign up to and fully fund the Gonski education agreement, which will deliver $5 billion in additional funding to NSW students over six years.

He said that this year, the third under the needs-based allocation model, funding for Northern Tablelands schools increased by $3.2 million.

“With these extra resources for 2017, our local Northern Tablelands schools will benefit from an additional $11.48 million in recurrent funding under the NSW Government’s Resource Allocation Model (RAM) – and there’s more to come,” Mr Marshall said.

“In total, the 59 Northern Tablelands public schools will receive $21.25 million in needs based equity funding next year.

“It’s what NSW public schools have always wanted – a significant increase in funding guaranteed into the future, with the greatest benefits flowing to schools and students with the greatest need.

“This would not have happened without the leadership of Education Minister Adrian Piccoli and a determination to put the needs of students first in our education system, not politics.”

Mr Marshall said today’s announcement built on those increases, and he was confident school communities and principals would be delighted at the prospect of planning the use of their additional funds.

“The core of the government’s Local Schools, Local Decisions reforms is to put decision-making about students and school communities with the people who know them best – the principals, school staff and parents,” he said.garah

“The distribution of funds on a needs basis under the RAM gives them exactly that opportunity.

“Many schools in the Northern Tablelands electorate will see additional benefits in areas such as literacy and numeracy support, teachers’ professional development and community engagement.

“I urge the Federal Government to commit to fund its share of the final two years of Gonski – country schools and students benefit the most from these reforms.”

School 2017 RAM funding $s Increase from 2016 $s Increase 2013 to 2017 $s
Armidale City Public School             445,508               131,469               327,198
Drummond Memorial Public School             436,691                 83,015               235,684
Ashford Central School             565,447                 30,862               280,636
Bald Blair Public School               51,227                   8,037                 33,140
Ben Lomond Public School               23,914                   4,128 -487
Ben Venue Public School             408,989                 61,925               214,217
Bingara Central School             435,213                 77,933               229,428
Black Mountain Public School               55,304                 19,640                 26,666
Boggabilla Central School             742,268 -16,253               108,666
Bonshaw Public School               44,700                 11,994                 23,932
Boomi Public School               75,136                 12,210                 38,656
Bundarra Central School             495,234 -5,653               316,495
Chandler Public School               45,015                 19,001                 19,257
Deepwater Public School               76,655                 20,177                 14,566
Delungra Public School               82,373                 13,024                 39,689
Ebor Public School               36,596 -13,822                   2,368
Emmaville Central School             236,164                 43,801               121,050
Garah Public School               45,557                   9,004                 19,957
Gilgai Public School             180,468 -8,291               112,754
Glen Innes Public School             839,499               155,496               559,587
Gravesend Public School               49,608                 16,328                 24,203
Gum Flat Public School               46,221                 18,665                   5,672
Guyra Central School             709,064               131,438               497,050
Inverell Public School             941,677               149,297               521,842
Kellys Plains Public School               49,256                 11,738                 32,273
Kentucky Public School               51,050                 11,769                 32,799
Kingstown Public School               78,979                 22,587                 56,750
Martins Gully Public School             124,802                 26,989                 56,523
Moree Public School          1,525,333               413,235            1,072,802
Mungindi Central School             535,932               136,283               411,734
North Star Public School               82,222                 32,524                 44,076
Pallamallawa Public School             130,049                   2,149                 62,514
Red Range Public School             154,457 -271               108,996
Rocky River Public School               71,928                 19,532                 43,424
Ross Hill Public School          1,395,574               465,769            1,025,514
Tingha Public School             430,533                 44,775               177,137
Toomelah Public School             363,465                 54,437               182,080
Warialda Public School             278,412                 89,661               140,494
Yetman Public School               53,412                   4,481                 37,571
Croppa Creek Public School               48,792                   2,671                 19,922
Uralla Central School             644,681               157,688               368,464
Moree East Public School             905,378               191,167               310,846
Tulloona Public School               34,592                 12,263                 30,061
Bullarah Public School               36,194                   4,465                   6,208
Mallawa Public School               45,070                 16,795                 18,969
Newling Public School             466,294               127,193               318,498
Wytaliba Public School               55,922                   6,431                 39,785
Glen Innes West Infants School             126,549                 36,428                 94,525
Thalgarrah Environmental Education Centre                9,832                   8,016                 10,632
Sandon Public School             398,386                 88,033               211,427
Barwon Learning Centre             151,899                 55,660               187,045
Armidale High School             628,674                 89,410               206,162
Glen Innes High School             726,327               129,113               492,890
Inverell High School          1,078,983               181,092               665,711
Moree Secondary College Albert Street             650,048                 73,629               128,455
Moree Secondary College Carol Avenue          1,081,292               152,212               171,255
Macintyre High School             768,044               165,788               463,824
Duval High School             520,041               126,624               267,493
Warialda High School             482,389                 93,573               216,638
Total        21,253,322            4,027,335          11,485,723