This upward movement probably reflects the increase in house prices and incomes of parents. The Herald explains
What is the decile system?
The decile system ranks schools by the socio-economic status of the areas where their families live. It allocates about 11 per cent of school operational funding (excluding salaries), giving more to schools in poorer areas.
How does it work?
Deciles are based on household incomes, occupations, educational qualifications, overcrowding and the proportion of people on benefits in a defined area where pupils live.
Te Huruhi and Waiheke High School are both having significant rebuilds due to start in 2016. Expect schools to be looking for significant contributions from parents to provide the ‘extras’ they expect for their children. I understand there has already been conflict among the school's Boards of Trustees about how such additional funding might be raised.
One extra that will not be forthcoming is a school pool. Tucked away in an appendix to the minutes of the last Waiheke Local Board meeting was an acknowledgement that there will be no school pool in the upgrade. This is hardly surprising given the massive cost of building and operating a swimming pool. Gone too is additional funding from the ratepayer to pay for the Waiheke High School gym.
All the promises made by the new local board team that took over from the highly experienced old board have come to nought. Their lack of financial acumen coupled with a failure to understand Council process has resulted in wasting ratepayers money on a breathtaking scale. For example, the $25000 gift of our money to the schools to undertake an analysis of where to site a school pool paid has been money down the drain. To date the ratepayer has still not sighted the study despite an assurance from Chair of the Local Board Paul Walden that is would be available last April.
The schools had been given further promises of funding from the Waiheke Local Board despite this not being part of the core business for rates, but the Board's mismanagement of funds during their first year has resulted in a loss to the community of over $12million. Cuts to local board budgets in future years will mean they have little left to support core activities let alone extras for the schools.
The schools’ decile ratings might be up but the Local Board gets the thumbs down from the Waiheke community for wasting so much of our money.