Four schools decide to scrap parent donations
Some principals are eager for the Government to keep its promise to boost funding for schools that scrap parent donations.
Four West Auckland primary schools - Glenavon School, Prospect School, St Leonard’s Road School and Kelston School - do not ask for school donations.
All four schools would jump on the Government’s proposed policy of paying $150 per student per year if they did not ask for donations.
The school donation policy was one of several funding initiatives the Government was considering in the 2018 Budget.
Kelston School principal Cliff Hughes said he stopped asking for donations three years ago because only a handful of families actually paid.
It meant the school had to look elsewhere for funding.
The school relied heavily on charitable trusts in 2016, including a $15,000 donation from the Tony Robbins Foundation for hosting an event.
Hughes said this year would be a struggle.
‘‘Heat, light and water costs and the services of trades people are all increasing yet school funding appears to be static,’’ he said.
‘‘Hopefully we can seek out new supporters and sponsors in order to keep our school operating successfully.’’
He called on the Government to implement the policy.
Donations were dropped at Glenavon and Prospect schools to reduce the burden on parents.
Until last year, both schools charged $40 per student which less than half the families paid.
Glenavon School principal Phil Toomer said they would welcome the Government’s promised $150 funding policy.
‘‘We do not want money to ever be a barrier to any child accessing
‘‘We do not want money to ever be a barrier to any child accessing the opportunities they deserve.’’
the opportunities they deserve,’’ Toomer said.
Glenavon was diverting all its charity and corporate sponsorship to cover all field trips and outdoor education costs.
‘‘Instead of focusing and stressing about the cost of education, we want our whanau to focus on supporting their child’s learning.’’ Toomer said.
Education Minister Chris Hipkins said the $150 funding policy would be considered for Budget 2018.
Kelston Primary School principal Cliff Hughes said they hadn’t charged donations for the past three years.