$2.5M SCHOOL RESOURCES FUND CREATING EQUAL START FOR OUR STUDENTS
Schools across the Tamworth electorate will benefit from almost $2.5 million increase with the announcement of school budget allocations for 2019.
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said schools right across the region will be receiving an additional $2,493,767 above the 2018 needs-based allocation.
“Our schools can use the additional funds to continue to hire more teachers or administrative staff for example, or to buy new iPads, instruments or sports equipment – whatever our school communities decide will best meet their unique learning and teaching needs.
“The funding, known as Resource Allocation Model (RAM) funding, gives school principals freedom to spend their allocated funds to deliver the best outcomes for their students.
“I am incredibly proud of the outstanding leaders in our public schools and their ability to engage students.
“I have been working hard to ensure our schools are receiving the funding support they need.
“Earlier this year I inspected the $985,000 upgrades at Peel High School and during the last summer break, more than $1.4 million was spent on maintenance projects across 19 schools in the region.
“In this year’s NSW Budget 30 schools in the region will enjoy the largest investment of its kind to provide air conditioning in classrooms and libraries at schools that experience a mean maximum January temperature of 30°C and above.
“RAM funding provides greater resources to enable them to direct funding to cater to the needs of their particular students,” Mr Anderson concluded.
The additional funding will be provided through an increase to every school’s per-student allocation, increased funding to students from low socio-economic backgrounds, and additional support for small schools with teaching principals.
The RAM payments were introduced by the NSW Government to ensure that every school receives a fair and transparent allocation of the State’s public education budget.