HARD pressed parents are being asked to make a financial contribution to one of the biggest second level boys schools in the county.
Money in the form of direct donations, or generated through fundraisers like a recent table quiz, is needed to meet the costs of running Naas CBS.
Spending cuts imposed by the Fine Gael-Labour Government mean that the school has been left €28,000 short of what it needs 2012.
This follows Government spending cuts of 5% in 2011 and a further 2% this year.
Principal Noel Merrick said the school depends on parents’ contributions every year to “balance our books”.
Parents of the 845 students attending the school have been written to seeking a donation of between €70 and €100 although contributions of €250 or more can be set off against income tax.
In the letter Mr. Merrick said second level schools like Naas CBS “remain seriously underfunded”.
He adds: “We depend on you, the parents, to ensure that present needs are met and future developments are also looked after.”
Non-core services provided such as extra-curricular activities and a counselling function are funded by the school’s own resources, rather than through the Department of Education.
As the new school building was being constructed the school sought to have some additional features provided but Mr. Merrick said he knows “we will have to meet a significant number of these ourselves.”
Playing facilities will need to be upgraded and this too, will have to be paid for by the school.
While the contributions will make a real difference, the school acknowledges that “there are an increasing number of families who can’t afford a contribution. We understand and accept that fact.”