Knox Academy Parent School Partnership has submitted its response to the budget consultation process. It can be read by clicking: budgetconsultationresponsenov2009
You can lend your support by submitting your own comments online or by email to the consultation. Last year’s outcome suggested that the more supporting comments, the better. The closing date for comments is Friday the 4th of December.
As an aside, the Scottish Executive have just published a statement criticising councils for the significant fall in the number of teachers. It can be read here: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/News/Releases/2009/11/27103833
You will be aware that ELC are considering dramatic cuts in the Council budget for 2010-2013.
The budget proposals would have a very significant negative effect on our school. In their ‘Spending Choices: Community Consultation Paper‘ ELC’s proposals include the following options:
- ‘reduce secondary school staffing’,
- ‘increase S1/2 Maths and English classes’
- ‘reduce management time in school’.
- ‘reduce management posts in schools’
- ‘transfer schools into an educational trust or trusts’
- changes to services such as school meals, cleaning etc.
Members of the Parent Council are gravely concerned at the impact such proposals would have on the standard of education offered to our children.
The document outlining proposed cuts can be viewed online and shows how much money we risk losing. There is an option to comment online or email your comments. We would urge you to take advantage of this.
There are also public evening meetings at Prestonpans, Haddington, Musselburgh, North Berwick, Dunbar and Tranent later in November and early December. To attend these meetings, you must first register, either online or by calling 01620 827873.
You may recall the huge amount of interest shown by parents at the last consultation event. This had a positive effect on the education budget where eventual cuts were significantly lower and the impact on the school was not as great as first feared.
Please do make sure your opinion is heard.
The maths department is hoping to recruit some support from parents. Ideally Mrs McInnes would like some volunteers to explain to the S2s how they use maths at work (10-15 mins in the new year to a class of c. 20 ). They aren’t looking for maths professors or accountants rather people with ordinary jobs that the pupils can relate to – we all use maths in one form or another and this would be a really great way to support the school. If any of you were able to help please contact Mrs McInnes c/o email@example.com.
No, it’s not the general election yet but the election to fill the vacancy on the Parent School Partnership. This is a call for nominations for the election which will take place in January. We need as many parent and carer votes as possible.
To download a document which explains the arrangements for the election, click here. A nomination form can be downloaded by clicking here.