The school board will meet on Tuesday to discuss the decision to delay the school reforms, which were approved by the school board in February, due to a cost-cutting measure.
Schools Minister Paul Sheppard told The News today the cost of the reforms will be $1,726,000 per annum.
He said the school district would have to pay $1 million more in the form of a $1-million loan from the state.
“We’re going to have to make the tough decisions,” he said.
“There’s going to be a lot of financial pain.”
Sheppard said there was no immediate plan for how the board would offset the cost.
The school board has spent $5.6 million on reforms since it was formed in 2010.
School administrators, teachers, administrators, parents, parents of students, and school council members have also been briefed on the school system’s school-level reforms.
School reformsThe board’s meeting is being held to discuss Decatur’s school reforms.
The changes to the Decatur School District include:• Adoption of a four-year curriculum based on national standards that focuses on critical thinking, critical thinking skills, and academic excellence, including the use of multiple languages and multiculturalism.
The reforms are the result of an independent assessment of students and the community.
The assessment found Decatur had a high proportion of students with at least one learning disability, as well as high levels of inequality and disadvantage.
“Decatur has one of the lowest rates of learning disability in Australia,” the assessment said.
This has prompted the board to conduct an independent review of the school to assess the impact of the changes.
The report will also be shared with the community and community members will have a chance to discuss it at the meeting.
The board will discuss whether to allow the use, for a maximum of six years, of a different language for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
The committee will also look at the impact on students and staff, with recommendations to improve communication between the community, staff, and the school.
School council members will also have the opportunity to give input on the recommendations.
The plan was met with some criticism from the board’s teachers and parents.
Teacher Joanne Rundle, who has five children at Decatur High School, said the plan was a “huge blow” to her children.
“I’m concerned about the impact it will have on our children,” she said.
Teachers have previously expressed concerns about the cost to students, as the school’s funding model has been changed to make room for the changes, but it’s been the case teachers have been told the school is already operating under a different funding model than in the past.
Mr Sheppard said the board is making changes to ensure the students are receiving the quality education they need, and that there will be an ongoing dialogue with all stakeholders.
“The board is aware of the concerns from the community,” he told The Sunday Age.
“What I can say is that we are taking these issues very seriously.”