Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Local Schools Forced to Face Reality by Lincolnshire County Council

Lincolnshire County Council are taking tough decisions in light of the recession and local schools face necessary cutbacks after years of generous investment.

Some limited job losses and cuts in resources are predicted for Lincolnshire schools, when their budgets are announced at the end of the month, as they tighten their belts along with everybody else.

The Lincolnshire Echo reports that headteachers are bracing themselves for Wednesday, 31st March 2010 when they learn how much money they will receive from the local education authority - Lincolnshire County Council.

One thing they do know, is that it will be significantly less than in the last few years. The cuts, which are an inevitable effect of the economic mess brought about the recession, will challenge all schools in the county.

The paper reports that St. Peter and St. Paul Catholic High School in Lincoln is believed to be losing four staff members and up to eight support staff. Although the County Council can not at this stage comment on this sort of speculation.

Mr. David Hellier, Chairman of the Governors, is reported to have said:
"As with every school in the country, the headteacher and governing body are having to acknowledge that school budgets are not going to be as generously funded as they have been in the last ten years."
Mr. Ed Fitzpatrick, Headteacher at Cherry Willingham Community School, said:
"Most headteachers should have been aware that it has been coming for a long time – in other words, we have had ten years of relatively generous investment and we have known for a while there are going to be significant cuts. It's unavoidable."
The paper criticises the County Council who have decided, earlier in February, to re-direct £1.5m of the schools budget to primary schools for children with special need.

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