AN extra $1.33 million in state funding will next year flow to Albury district schools that have significant numbers of disadvantaged and Aboriginal students.
The money will be spread across the Albury electorate, which extends from Savernake to Tumbarumba.
Lavington’s Murray High School tops the list with $348,783.
Other schools to receive major lifts are James Fallon High ($296,273), Albury West Public ($107,889) and Albury North Public ($106,155).
But some schools considered to have many battler families, such as Glenroy, Hume and Lavington East public schools, won’t benefit from the new state program.
The member for Albury Greg Aplin said those schools had already been given a leg-up with funding recognising their socio-economic situations with Hume receiving $408,209 and Glenroy $187,823.
When combined with existing planned funding, the Albury schools will receive $2.895 million.
Hume will receive the highest amount, followed by Albury North ($339,466) and Murray ($356,450).
“The NSW Liberal and Nationals government has consistently supported the Gonski Report’s key view that every child should have access to the best possible education, regardless of where they live, the income of their family, or the school they attend,” Mr Aplin said.
He said the program delivered on this by distributing funding to schools in the Albury electorate on a needs basis.
“Funding will directly reflect the characteristics of individual schools and their students,” he said.
“It’s very welcome and I know principals will be keen to determine how it’s spent in their own schools to benefit students.”
Mr Aplin said the switch next year in funding coincided with the government’s move to hand principals more power over their school’s budget.
He said with the new model, schools would have control of 70 per cent of their budget compared with the 10 per cent they now had.
Mr Aplin said feedback from schools had been positive with even those teachers handing out how-to-vote cards at last month’s federal election backing it.
“Teachers made a point of coming up and saying that they were supportive of the funding model,” he said.