SA Schools Receive Funding Boost
91 public primary and secondary schools across South Australia, including several regional schools, will share in $690 million from the State Government, to upgrade infrastructure and create new innovative learning spaces.
According to the South Australian Government, funding will come from the sale of the Lands Title Office, and is separate to maintenance money.
Premier Jay Weatherill has labelled it as "the largest investment in our public education system in our state’s history."
“A world-class school system is an essential foundation for the next generation of South Australians," he said.
“Schools that are better equipped, with increased capacity and superior facilities, will help to give our children a head-start."
Schools that will receive funding in Flow regions include:
Balaklava High School - $4 million
Ceduna Area School - $4 million
Clare High School - $5 million
Kadina Memorial School - $3 million
Kapunda High School (pictured) - $10 million
Kingston Community School - $4 million
Mannum Community College - $2 million
Moonta Area School - $4 million
Naracoorte High School - $5 million
Nuriootpa Primary School - $7.5 million
Roxby Downs Area School - $7 million
Current and historical enrolments, forecast growth, school capacity and condition, and their historical maintenance all came into the funding distribution process.
However not everyone agrees the considerable investment is the best idea, with an Auditor General's report revealing public schools and preschools have half a billion dollars sitting in their accounts.
According to the report, schools with large stashes of funding should be monitored by the Education Department to ensure future funds are distributed fairly.
Parents have been largely welcoming of the funding, but questioned why the large-scale investment is only occurring now, and whether it will detract from students now, to support students of the future.