Hampton Senior High School to continue specialist dance program despite funding cut

Hampton Senior High School.
Hampton Senior High School.

HAMPTON Senior High School principal Steve Beaton says the school will manage “new difficulties” and continue running its gifted and talented dance program despite a 25 per cent funding cut.

The school is among 18 schools that will lose supplementary funding from the State Government for gifted and talented programs.

There are 59 students enrolled for the dance program in 2018.

The school, which has a total operating budget of $9.6 million, currently receives $74,383 funding but will receive $55,787 in 2019.

Mr Beaton said while funding cuts presented new difficulties to be managed, the school would continue to run its dance program, diverse specialist programs and school-based excellence programs.

“Reallocation of roles and restructured procedures will ensure that there is no impact on Hampton students or families as a result of funding loss,” he said.

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said schools generally allocated the funds to coordinate and administer the gifted and talented system.

“Every effort has been made to minimise the impact on students,” she said.

“Teaching time is financed through other Education Department funding and this will continue.”

Hampton SHS parent and citizens association president Jacquelyn Pavy said parents hoped the impact would not be felt.

“From obviously a community and a parents’ perspective, it is a huge disappointment because it is what Hampton is so well-known for,” she said.

“I was actually one of the first students of it (dance program) 30 years ago.

“I am sure the school can put its resources together and keep it going.”

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