Focusing on achieving the greatest benefit for the greatest number of children, as the smallest school in the scheme, with around 50 pupils, Flushing was the most vulnerable of the 19 primary schools. Furthermore, forecasts of future numbers on roll suggest that there could be some decline. The overall costs of providing the new £2 million school would be over five times the average amount spent per pupil for the remaining primary schools in the scheme. The County Council has to meet strict affordability criteria if the PFI2 scheme is to go ahead “explained Doris Ansari, the Executive Member for Lifelong Learning.
Including Flushing in the scheme would mean that it could not meet those criteria, putting the whole scheme and extensions and improvements to the other 19 schools at risk. We are very reluctant to remove the Flushing School project from the scheme and understand the disappointment of staff. Governors and parents, but we have no choice if we want to proceed with the scheme, which will provide 21st century accommodation and facilities for 19 of our primary and secondary schools.
We are very grateful to the staff and Governors at Flushing School for their efforts in working with the LEA on this scheme. We may not be able to provide a new school now, investment property tax deductions but we are determined to do all we can to improve the existing buildings at the school. Some villagers will be pleased that the school may well retain its place at the heart of the village. Others had voiced concerns about the danger of access to the proposed new site and its prominence on the edge of the village. The reports were commissioned to evaluate whether the current grazing, agriculture and land programs are meeting the Yukon agriculture policy’s objectives.
The author of the report met with farmers, land applicants stakeholders, First Nations, interest groups and organizations with an in interest in agricultural development. The release gives everyone who provided information an opportunity to examine the recommendations. The reports are being sent to industry representatives, First Nation and municipal governments and other agencies. Copies are available from Renewable Resources field offices, the main Yukon government administration building on Second Avenue as well as the Recommendations include a call for planning exercises to resolve resource conflicts and for new approaches to land disposition to ensure agricultural land is available. He also recommends more resource planning before applications are approved, as well as more effective enforcement tools.