Ballarat schools to get Gonski boost of almost $85m

BALLARAT state schools would receive nearly $85 million more in funding under federal education reforms, according to figures released by the Gillard government.

Nine schools in the Ballarat area would receive at least 50 per cent more funding per student by 2019. 

Drummond Primary School and Yandoit Primary School would both receive the highest percentage increase in the Ballarat region, with 109.5 per cent and 96.7 per cent respectively.

The highest dollar increase will go to Ballarat High School, which will see its total government funding grow by 50.9 per cent – the equivalent of more than $8 million – to $22.7 million by 2019.

Ballarat MP Catherine King called on Victorian Premier Denis Napthine to sign up to the reforms proposed following the Gonski education review.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has given the state government until June 30 to join South Australia, New South Wales and the ACT and agree to the plan.

“This is a once-in-a-generation chance to make sure our students, classrooms and teachers are resourced properly for the future,” Ms King said.

Ballarat Specialist School could potentially win 34.5 per cent more in funding per student, equal to just over $5 million.

However 12 schools, including Yuille Park P-8 Community College, Creswick North Primary School and Smeaton Primary School, would only get the minimum increase across the state of 19.4 per cent.

Under the plan, primary schools will get $9271 and high schools $12,193 per student in government funds plus loadings for students with a disability, students from low socio-economic backgrounds, indigenous students and small schools.

“There are two people standing in the way of our local schools getting this funding – Tony Abbott and Denis Napthine,” said Ms King.

Dr Napthine has previously said Victorian schools would end up being worse off under the federal government’s funding reforms.

Victorian Education Minister Martin Dixon asked the Gillard government to return to the negotiation table and discuss the modelling used to specify funding.

How much extra each school will get per year under Gonski by 2019:

Alfredton Primary School$2,974,620

Bacchus Marsh College$4,484,039

Bacchus Marsh Primary School$4,052,757

Ballan Primary School$1,007,524

Ballarat High School$8,087,822

Ballarat North Primary School$2,163,290

Ballarat Primary School (Dana St)$1,203,841

Ballarat Secondary College$4,606,802

Ballarat Specialist School$5,069,479

Balliang East Primary School$196,165

Black Hill Primary School$2,712,554

Bullarto Primary School$212,591

Bungaree Primary School$178,413

Buninyong Primary School$2,810,651

Caledonian Primary School$968,073

Canadian Lead Primary School$957,171

Clunes Primary School$629,235

Coimadai Primary School$435,180

Creswick North Primary School$335,911

Creswick Primary School$1,105,707

Darley Primary School$3,430,476

Daylesford Primary School$1,364,409

Daylesford Secondary College$2,685,445

Delacombe Primary School$1,516,434

Drummond Primary School$175,621

Forest Street Primary School$1,847,583

Glen Park Primary School$89,875

Gordon Primary School$370,175

Haddon Primary School$1,352,116

Hepburn Primary School$309,489

Invermay Primary School$195,302

Lal Lal Primary School$144,992

Learmonth Primary School$110,720

Little Bendigo Primary School$462,621

Macarthur Street Primary School$361,079

Magpie Primary School$211,885

Miners Rest Primary School$1,080,201

Mount Blowhard Primary School$317,807

Mount Clear College$5,710,724

Mount Clear Primary School$1,667,328

Mount Egerton Primary School$123,352

Mount Pleasant Primary School$1,297,003

Myrniong Primary School$1,149,037

Napoleons Primary School$665,208

Newlyn Primary School$153,535

Pentland Primary School$896,473

Phoenix P-12 Community College$5,025,181

Pleasant St Primary School$1,801,958

Sebastopol Primary School$801,805

Smeaton Primary School$229,100

Trentham District Primary School$471,381

Urquhart Park Primary School$2,084,407

Warrenheip Primary School$203,613

Wendouree Primary School$828,091

Windermere Primary School$120,188

Yandoit Primary School$157,083

Yuille Park P-8 Community College$1,389,621



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