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Schools to co-operate with independent review

Created on 16/11/2016 @ 16:43
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Budget plans set out by Llanidloes High School do not address projected deficits and it must co-operate with an independent review and submit new plans next month, according to Powys County Council.

The budget plans will be considered by the county council’s cabinet after concern was raised about deficits.

The high school was required to produce a finance recovery plan by the cabinet in July to demonstrate how they it would meet the requirements of the scheme for financing schools to ensure their budget plans are approved or licensed.

Plans submitted by Churchstoke CP School met requirements while Ysgol Cedewain in Newtown has been given until this month to submit new financial plans.

Cabinet Member for Education, Cllr Arwel Jones said; “The cabinet is being recommended that the budgets for Ysgol Maesydderwen, Llanidloes High School and Llanrhaeadr Ym Mochnant should remain unlicensed and that the two high schools must cooperate with an independent review and submit new plans in December.

“Our officers will continue to work with the schools but if necessary the use of powers of intervention will be considered.

“It is pleasing that the number of schools having unlicensed budgets is falling but there are many facing serious financial challenge as a result of falling school rolls and funding reductions.

“Brecon High School and Ysgol Cedewain, have been given until this month to submit new financial plans and are cooperating with an independent review of budget, curriculum planning and identification of efficiencies,” he added.

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