Pro­grams won’t be cut

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By SO­PHIE GABRIELLE

SHEN­TON Col­lege prin­ci­pal Mike Mor­gan says he would dip into the school’s re­serve funds be­fore los­ing vi­tal pro­grams.

Mr Mor­gan said Shen­ton’s stu­dent num­bers had in­creased from 1400 last year to 1900 at the start of this year but dis­agreed with claims by the State School Teach­ers’ Union that fund­ing for the school had been slashed.

“The fund­ing is based on the stu­dent cen­tred fund­ing model,” Mr Mor­gan said.

“It takes into ac­count abo­rig­i­nal­ity, dis­abil­i­ties, so­cio-eco­nomic back­ground – th­ese are com­mend­able ar­eas.

“We have a re­serve bud­get of about $500,000 and would ex­haust re­serve funds be­fore cut­ting im­por­tant ser­vices – the board has en­dorsed it.”

Mr Mor­gan said state schools fi­nalised their stu­dent cen­sus fig­ures on Fri­day and would have a de­fin­i­tive bud­get to work with by the end of the month.

Church­lands Se­nior High School prin­ci­pal Neil Hunt said num­bers at his school in­creased from 1553 last year to 2270 this year.

Mr Hunt said he had ab­so­lutely no prob­lems with the bud­get.

“It is busi­ness as usual for us,” he said.

“We were prob­a­bly six stu­dents out with our pro­jec­tions last year. I’m ex­pect­ing the bud­get to be within $50,000 to $100,000 of what was pro­jected and it cer­tainly won’t be less.”

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Peter Col­lier said claims that many WA schools would face dras­tic bud­get cuts were un­true.

“Pre­lim­i­nary Stu­dent Cen­tred Fund­ing bud­gets were ini­tially re­leased in July,” Mr Col­lier said.

“This was to help schools plan for the new fund­ing model and it was made clear they would be up­dated once com­plete 2014 fig­ures were avail­able and this hap­pened in De­cem­ber.

“Where a school had a de­crease, this was sim­ply be­cause their orig­i­nal bud­get was over­stated.”

Mr Col­lier said 46 per cent of schools have had no change to their pre­lim­i­nary bud­get and 75 per cent of schools have ei­ther no change or a change of less than two per cent in their 2015 bud­get af­ter tran­si­tion.

“This new fund­ing model is fair and eq­ui­table and re­placed a com­pli­cated, bro­ken fund­ing sys­tem,” he said.

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