SCHOOLS in Orange with higher numbers of Aboriginal and low socio-economic students are the big winners from the state government’s announcement of $2 million in funding in Orange.
Orange High School will receive an extra $110,200 under a new funding model, which is partly funded through the Gonski reforms.
Principal David Lloyd said the reforms meant schools were more fairly funded according to student needs.
Unlike previously, schools are funded based on an index that takes into account the occupation and education level of a child’s parents and predicts how well the student may perform.
“We will use the funding for literacy and numeracy and the loading takes into account Aboriginal student numbers, so we will be implementing some Aboriginal education as well,” he said.
Under the NSW government’s Local Schools, Local Decisions policy, individual schools will have total discretion on how the money is spent.
“It will be used on programs as well as staffing,” Mr Lloyd said.
Under the reforms, $2,068,086 will be distributed among schools in Orange, with Glenroi Heights Public School and Canobolas Rural Technology High School scoring big with an additional $324,771 and $290,884 respectively
Member for Orange Andrew Gee said previously schools in Orange got very little equity funding.
Orange High received about $11,000.
“This funding model is going to see equity funding for every school in the city of Orange increase and, for some, funding will almost double,” said Mr Gee.
“The beauty of the Gonski reforms is that regional schools are the biggest winners,” said Mr Gee.