Elmes congratulates Noosa's first Independent Public Schools

Member for Noosa, Glen Elmes, today congratulated Peregian Springs State School and Noosa District State High School on being selected as two of the first Queensland schools to become Independent Public Schools in 2013.

Mr Elmes said the schools were making history as Queensland’s first Independent Public Schools and were selected from 30 applicants.

“The Newman Government went to the election with a promise to lift education standards in this state by giving schools greater control over their decision making, cutting red tape and removing layers of management,” Mr Elmes said.

“This is a massive step forward for these local schools that will now have more control over decisions to help them shape their future and improve student outcomes.

“We believe that local school communities, parents, teachers and principals know what’s best for their children, and we want to give them the power to make those decisions without interference.”

Minister for Education, Training and Employment, John-Paul Langbroek, said participating schools included primary, secondary and special schools and represented both metropolitan and regional areas.

“The Department will work with the schools to ensure they were fully supported through this process,” Mr Langbroek said.

“Independent Public Schools will have the freedom to directly recruit teachers and to build a team that is able to deliver innovative educational practices and have more autonomy to manage infrastructure and financial resources.

“We’ve done our homework and borrowed from the best examples of autonomous schools across Australia and in countries such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Canada, the US and the UK.”

Mr Langbroek said each school would receive $50,000 to assist with the change and an extra $50,000 in funding each year for administrative purposes.

He said the program would be extended to 120 schools over the next four years.

Mr Elmes said today’s announcement coupled with the new schools maintenance program announced in the State Budget shows the Government’s commitment to education in the Noosa electorate.

“The maintenance program provides up to $160,000 to individual schools over two years for capital works projects decided by the school principal and P&C,” Mr Elmes said.

“The funding will improve the amenity and appearance of schools, as well as providing a boost for the local economy.

“The Newman Government is committed to working with principals, teachers, parents and the wider school community to deliver the very best education for Queensland kids.”