Two high schools rack up of council overspend

Two High schools have racked up £413,000 of Edinburgh council's overspending on education (photo credit: Christopher Sessums)

Two High schools have racked up £413,000 of Edinburgh council’s overspending on education (photo credit: Christopher Sessums)

Half of Edinburgh Council’s 2014-15 overspend on education only went towards two secondary schools.

James Gillespie’s High School and Trinity Academy accrued £413,000 of the £832,000 overspend.

Headteachers at 11 of Edinburgh’s 23 high schools now must go along with plans and cuts aimed to balance the budget back out.

This has raised alarms for parents and students who feel that this will have a definite impact on classroom spending.

The leaders of the parent council at James Gillespie’s High School raised concerns over the current budget, with there not being enough text books and trips being cancelled.

Others who opposed to the cuts have asked for “urgent” answers as to why the overspends were allowed to rise that high.

Education leader Councilor Godzik said: “School budgets are monitored closely and where there is an overspend for any school an action plan is in place to reduce it over an agreed period. In addition new training is being rolled out which includes assessment of financial controls.”

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