Pembina Trails Budget Approved for 2017/18
We are pleased to announce that our 2017/18 budget has been
approved. Thank you to everyone who sent us feedback and comments on the draft
Our 2017/18 budget supports our division’s ongoing
commitment to educational excellence, including one of our top priorities:
success in literacy. To support our Standards for Success in Literacy, we plan
to launch an innovative technology initiative, establish a Reading Recovery
training site and introduce a new high school summer learning program.
The budget also supports the growth of our division. We are
projecting 469 additional students in September 2017, an increase of 3.5 per
cent over 2016/17 enrolment, and the budget accounts for hiring 30 more
educators to meet the needs of these students. We also continue to add space
and hire teachers to meet the Province’s requirements related to the 20K3
initiative, which aims to cap enrolment at 20 students per K-3 classroom by
September 2017. Approximately 82 per cent of our budget is allocated to
staffing, and our commitment to hiring quality educators and staff is an
investment in our students.
Working with a 1.7 per cent reduction of provincial funding,
our board has carefully balanced the financial needs required to support
quality public education with the impact on taxpayers.
Operating and capital expenditures for 2017/18 total $168.5
million and include a $6.5 million (4.0 per cent) increase in expenditures. All
increases in expenditures need to be fully funded by a rise in school taxes,
and the average homeowner will see their taxes increase by 2.8 per cent. On a
home valued at $398,444, this translates to a $60 increase in school taxes. This works out to $5 a month or $0.30 cents a school day.
Learn more about budget 2017/18 and how we are committed to investing in our community of learners.