Schools will have a greater control over budgets and infrastructure decisions, and principals will have a greater say in staff selection, under wide-ranging reforms.

The federal Empowering Local Schools initiative will operate in 229 NSW public schools over the next two years.

The program will put more decision-making powers in the hands of school leaders, supported by the input of parents and the local community.

The NSW Minister for Education, Adrian Piccoli, said the funding provided for the first phase of Empowering Local Schools will help implement key elements of the NSW Government’s Local Schools, Local Decisions reforms.

"Our Local Schools, Local Decisions policy is a roadmap for change that puts more decision making authority in the hands of each school and gives them the opportunity to respond to the needs of their students based on their specific circumstances,” Mr Piccoli said.

Nationals Member for Lismore, Thomas George welcomed the inclusion of Kyogle Public School and Rosebank Public School.

NSW public schools taking part in the scheme will have a range of options, including:

Mr George said once reforms were established in the first group of schools, greater authority would be rolled out across all NSW public schools over the next four years.

Each school will receive a start-up grant of between $40,000 and $50,000 to help implement increased and improved local decision making.

The reforms will be progressively implemented from now until the end of 2013, with a second round of schools expected to take part from 2015.

Read the full list of participating NSW schools.

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