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Draft 2017/18 Budget
The Pembina Trails Board of Trustees is recommending a draft 2017/18 budget that supports the division’s ongoing commitment to educational excellence. Each year, our board carefully balances the financial needs required to support quality public education with the impact on taxpayers.
Please remember that this is the draft 2017/18 budget. The draft budget is not our final budget.
At a glance
• Reduction of provincial funding --1.7 per cent
• Draft budget combined operating and capital expenditures -- $ 169 million
• Increase in expenditures -- $ 6.9 million
• Percentage increase in expenditure -- 4.3 per cent
• Percentage increase in school taxes on the average homeowner -- 3.5 per cent
• Although, the largest source of financial support, apart from school taxes, comes from the Province of Manitoba we will be receiving less provincial funding than in 2016/17.
• All increases in expenditures will need to be fully funded by a rise in school taxes.
Projected impact on taxpayers
The average homeowner with a house valued at $398,444 would see a $75 increase in school taxes.
• Literacy is one of our top priorities. We are planning to launch an innovative technology initiative which supports our Standards for Success in Literacy. This new digital technology plan supports deeper learning by putting more mobile devices in our students’ hands. We are also planning to establish a Reading Recovery training site and a new high school summer learning program.
• Pembina Trails continues to grow. The division is projecting 469 additional students in September 2017, a 3.5 per cent increase over this year. Welcoming these new students means more teachers will be needed. Our plan is to hire 30 more educators. We are also seeing an increase in newcomers to Canada who often require more supports to reach their full potential.
• Approximately 82 per cent of the division’s draft budget operating costs are for teachers and staffing. Our Board of Trustees believes hiring and maintaining quality teachers and staff is not only a priority but an excellent investment.
• Pembina Trails continues to add space and hire teachers to meet the Province’s requirements related to the 20K3 initiative. The objective of this initiative is to cap enrolment at 20 students per K-3 classroom by September 2017.
• Transportation costs are increasing as many students from new communities need busing and new routes are required.
Feedback and comments
As always, Pembina Trails School Division invites feedback and comments. Please share your thoughts by sending an email. Anyone wanting to appear as a delegation, in person, at the regular Board meeting to be held on Thursday, February 23, 2017 is asked to contact E. Vickers by February 16, 2017.