Granville school earns minister's praise

Granville Public School has been recognised for embracing the state government’s Local Schools, Local Decisions model, which gives principals the added responsibility of managing school resource and maintenance budgets.

Education Minister Adrian Piccoli visited the school today and praised principal Linda Barry.

She has created a new assistant principal position to provide direct support to teachers just beginning their careers.

“It was heartening to see what Granville has done,’’ Mr Piccoli said.

Under the Local Schools, Local Decisions model introduced two years ago, all NSW public schools manage their own maintenance programs, purchases of up to $5000, and can choose how to fill about 60percent of all staff vacancies. 

Granville Public School has:

■ Appointed an extra assistant principal to mentor, team teach and plan collaboratively with years one and two teachers who are early in their career.

■ Developed professional learning plans for all teachers.

■ Appointed a part-time community liaison officer to better engage with families and the community.

■ Managed the $144,427 extra equity funding it has received under the government’s Resource Allocation Model.

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