Partnership Schools a real bargain: the announcement of new schools being built in high growth areas is welcome news for schools that are currently struggling with roll growth and for families in high growth areas.
The numbers quoted in the NZ Herald article though do make Partnership Schools look like a real bargain.
‘Orewa: $25 million for a planned roll of 420.
Drury: $20 million for a roll of 370.
Belmont: $22 million for a roll of 350’.
For a Partnership School with roll of 400, neither land nor buildings are provided, instead a property grant is paid that allows premises to be leased, calculated as: approx 6m2 per pupil x $154.58 / m2 = 400 x 6 x 154.58 = $370,992 per annum, a number that is even well below what a commercial lease would return on the cost of a new school.