Mid-Ulster schools to get increased funding

Rainey Endowed School, Magherafelt which will gain under the proposals
Rainey Endowed School, Magherafelt which will gain under the proposals

THE majority of post primary schools in Mid-Ulster will benefit by thousands of pounds under proposed changes to the way their budgets are calculated.

Last week, the MAIL reported how, in the case of local primary schools, projected budgets for the 2013/14 year were, in the main, set to be reduced, meaning less money for classroom assistants, teachers and resources.

Cookstown Primary School would be worst affected out of all the local primaries, according to the projected figures.

A whopping £18,510 would be taken off the school’s budget for 2013/14 if the proposed changes to the Common Funding Formula are approved.

Education Minister, John O’Dowd, last week announced he was extending the deadling for consultations to the proposals following a computer error in the way responses were received.

Looking at the figures for post primaries across Mid Ulster, the MAIL has found that nearly all will see their budgets increase under the proposals.

The biggest winner locally is Holy Trinity College in Cookstown, which is set to see its budget increase by £104,470, while others including St Pat’s College Maghera will benefit to the tune of £64,389, and St Mary’s Grammar Magherafelt by £55,841.

Other winners and losers in the Mid Ulster area are listed as follows:

St Pius X College (£43,038); Rainey Endowed Magherafelt (£26,399); Dean Maguirc College Carrickmore (£25,916); Magherafelt High School (£-783); St Colm’s High School Magherafelt (£10,365); Cookstown High (£6,344); Sperrin Integrated College (£3,227); St Joseph’s College Coalisland (£109,549); Drumglass High (-£14,356); St Joseph’s Grammar Donaghmore (£33,790); Royal School Dungannon (-£13,843); St Patrick’s Academy Dungannon (£82,243); Dungannon Integrated College (£28,111)