Gala funds to go on maintenance
Firth School’s recent gala was very successful, but unfortunately, because of a recent decile rating change, the money raised from it won’t go towards things like more iPads but more like services like lawn mowing and plumbing maintenance, principal James Eldridge says. The school has gone from a 3H to a 3I. ‘‘One letter means our operational grant will have $10,000 less,’’ he said.
The school had been aiming to keep at the cutting edge of technology by buying more iPads and IT gadgets but now the unofficial estimate of $3000 from the gala will instead be spent on maintenance services, as well as resources and teacher aides.
The school has put in its paperwork early to the Ministry of Education to protest the change. Eldridge can’t understand it. ‘‘We are a major catchment for the intermediate but they went down.’’
The intermediate school gained $8000 from going from a decile six to a decile five.
Matamata Primary and Matamata College’s rating did not change.