Gala funds to go on main­te­nance

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By ABBY BROWN

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.

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