Remote schools better with funding
NIMBIN Central School is the Northern Rivers’ most highly-funded school per student, according to information on the revamped My School website launched by the Federal Government this week.
The Kinder to Year 12 school, with 123 students, received $3 million in funding from federal and state governments, or $24,440 per student, during 2009.
The figures put the school well ahead of other government schools in the region, such as Byron Bay High, where each student attracted recurrent funding of $11,806, or Richmond River High with funding of $11,944 per student.
The Woodenbong Central School also received a higher level of funding than many schools in the region.
Principal Dr Greg Wilson said providing students in remote regions with educational opportunities cost more.
“Context is important. If it’s aremote area, low socioeconomic, with Aboriginal students and students with disabilities, then to provide students with the same resources (as those in more highly populated areas) it costs more,” Dr Wilson said.