November 27th 2013
Dear Parents & Guardians,
This year the Board of Management has decided to again seek voluntary financial contributions from the school community as the Department of Education cut backs over the past few years have begun to bite at CETNS.
Our annual Voluntary Contribution Day was temporarily suspended from 2009/2010 school year. This year we are seeking Voluntary Contributions which the school needs to help bridge the gap between what it costs to run and develop the school and the grants we receive from the Department of Education & Skills (DES).
In the school year ending July 2013, grants from the government only covered approximately 55% of the school expenses. Some exceptional items were funded during the 2012-2013 year (including the new portacabin) but the consistent trend over the last few years is that the DES income to the school is falling more and more below our annual running costs. Your annual contributions are vital to the smooth running of the school on a day to day basis and in 2012/2013 made up to 4% (of the order of €11,000) of the school’s overall income. We need to maintain and enhance the financial support from parents who have always been generous in providing support to improve the school facilities and learning opportunities for our children. Final running costs of the school are in excess of €250,000 per annum.
We would like to thank all the families who have already and continue to contribute to the Voluntary Contribution Scheme via monthly standing order and hope that many more families will choose to do so this year. The school has, in light of the recession, not asked parents for voluntary contributions since the 2008/2009 school year and because of this we have have had to use funds from our reserves which have diminished annually. This approach is unsustainable. The shortfall in annual funding is accelerating and if the school is to continue funding its day to day operations at the current rate and, in addition, provide improved facilities for all our children we need to significantly improve the level of our voluntary contributions income.
The voluntary contribution scheme allows parents to make a once-off contribution or a monthly contribution via a standing order.
Donations in any calendar year may be eligible for tax rebates to the school, which provide added benefit.