Schools in Powys are heading for a £1.5 million overspend by the end of the this financial year.
Senior councillors and officials have warned the number of schools in the red poses a threat to the entire council’s financial stability and without action to address it could hit £3.5m by 2019/20.
Nine out of the county’s 12 secondary schools have a cumulative deficit of £2.6m with the remaining three secondary schools reporting a cumulative surplus of £288k.
The position is healthier in the county’s primary sector with 58 schools recording a cumulative surplus of £1.44m and the remaining 23 primary schools a combined deficit of £340k.
Two of the county’s special schools have a combined deficit of £367k with the third, Ysgol Penmaes in Brecon, recording a surplus of £150k.
Of the 34 schools with deficit budgets 17, had submitted plans that show they would return to surplus within two years and had their deficits licensed by the cabinet.
The schools were: Abermule CP School, Berriew C P School, Clyro C in W Controlled School, Franksbridge C P School, Leighton C P School, Llanbister C P School, Llandrindod Wells C P School Cefnllys, Llanfechain C in W School, Llanfyllin C P School, Llangedwyn C in W Voluntary Controlled School, Llanrhaeadr Ym Mochnant C P School, Llansantffraid C in W Aided School, Ysgol Dolafon, Ysgol Dyffryn Trannon, Ysgol Gymaeg Dyffryn Y Glowyr, Ysgol Meifod and Ysgol Bro Hyddgen.
Seventeen (17) schools did not meet the requirements to have their budgets licensed with projected deficit balances remaining at March 31, 2018 and not projected to be back into balance within three years, or the deficit in 2017/18 being above the threshold to license.
The budgets of the following schools were not licensed by the cabinet.
Primary Schools, Bronllys C P School, Brynhafren C P School, Irfon Valley C P School, Llanfihangel Rhydithon C P School, Llangynidr C P School, Talgarth C P School, Ysgol Maesydre.
High Schools, Brecon, Builth Wells, Ysgol Maesydderwen, Crickhowell, Llanfyllin, Llanidloes, Welshpool and Llandrindod.
Special schools, Brynllywarch Hall Residential School and Ysgol Cedewain Special School.
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