A COUNCIL is being asked to part-fund the cost of nursery provision at a primary school to the tune of £159,000 as part of merger plans.
Hartlepool Borough Council agreed to close Seaton Carew Nursery, in Brompton Walk, and merge it on the same site as Holy Trinity C of E Primary School, in Crawford Street, also in Seaton.
Amanda Baines, headteacher at Holy Trinity, is also acting head at Seaton Carew Nursery and following a consultation the merger will happen from September this year.
In March, the council’s children’s services committee agreed to close Seaton Carew Nursery School and extend the age-range of Holy Trinity primary school from five to 11-year-olds to four to 11-year-olds.
Now the full council is being asked to part-fund the 26-place nursery provision at the school site, which will cost a total of £176,000.
The decision will be made at a meeting of the full council tonight.
It comes as Holy Trinity is set to be rebuilt under the new Government-led Priority Schools Building Programme.
A report by Dean Jackson, assistant director of education, said: “The original application to the Education Funding Agency (EFA) for a new build of Holy Trinity CE Primary School did not include nursery provision and was therefore not included in the funding allocation, as it was not envisaged at that stage that the nursery provision would be relocated.
“The cost of providing the new nursery provision in the Holy Trinity new schools building has been recalculated. The new figure is £176,990.
“A 10 per cent contribution from Holy Trinity CE Primary School Governing Body of £17,699 has been agreed.
“On the basis of the total scheme costs this leaves a residual unfunded cost of £159,291.”
Mr Jackson said money from the sale of the land of the existing nursery site can go towards the cost.
He added: “If this additional net capital receipt is allocated towards the new nursery provision the council would still need to provide further funding of between £40,000 and £60,000.
“It is recommended that this amount is funded from the forecast 2013-14 revenue outturn.”
Councillors are asked to agree a funding contribution of £159,291. The cost will be funded from a combination of the net additional capital receipt generated from the sale of the existing nursery site and a contribution from the 2013-14 forecast revenue outturn of between £40,000 and £60,000.
All primary and secondary school headteachers had been consulted along with Seaton Carew Nursery staff, governors, parents and carers and consultation meetings held.
Councillors will meet at the Civic Centre, in Victoria Road, at 7pm tonight.