Gon­ski ben­e­fit un­veiled on­line

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Times News - Cecilia Allen

PAR­ENTS can now de­ter­mine ex­actly how their chil­dren’s school will ben­e­fit un­der the Fed­eral Govern­ment’s new fund­ing plan, with the re­lease of an on­line cal­cu­la­tor ear­lier this month.

The Govern­ment’s school cal­cu­la­tor tool re­veals who reaps the big ben­e­fits of its Gon­ski 2.0 ed­u­ca­tion pack­age.

Over­all, the Govern­ment plans to boost its share of fund­ing from $17.5 bil­lion in 2017 to $30.6 bil­lion by 2027, with the aim to bring all schools to the same needs-based, per-stu­dent level once State Govern­ment cash is added.

En­rol­ment num­bers af­fect over­all fund­ing num­bers.

O’Con­nor MHR Rick Wil­son said the av­er­age in­crease across the O’Con­nor elec­torate was 6.1 per cent.

“There is not one school in O’Con­nor that goes back­wards . . . and that fund­ing is now locked in for 10 years,” he said.

More than $180 mil­lion will be in­vested in the War­ren-Black­wood area in the next 10 years.

Man­jimup Se­nior High School is set to be the area’s great­est ben­e­fit­ing high school, re­ceiv­ing more than $20 mil­lion - an in­crease of more than $7 mil­lion.

Kear­nan Col­lege, which has both pri­mary and sec­ondary years, will re­ceive more than $60 mil­lion from 2018-2027 — $ 17,171 per stu­dent by 2027.

Bridgetown High School, Pem­ber­ton Dis­trict High School and Boyup Brook Dis­trict High School will re­ceive $ 7,650,200, $6,424,400 and $5,282,500 re­spec­tively.

St Brigid’s in Bridgetown and St Mary’s in Boyup Brook are among the pri­mary schools to ben­e­fit the most, re­ceiv­ing $18,321,700 and $10,500,700 re­spec­tively.

Mr Wil­son said the fund­ing gave schools con­fi­dence and cer­tainty.

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