School District 8’s Board of Education adopted the 2019-2020 Annual Budget Bylaw at an open meeting on May 30, 2019 in the amount of $69,090,090. The budget is overall 1% higher than the budget for the current school year and includes some significant increases in spending for diverse learners and Aboriginal education.
School District 8 – Kootenay Lake Superintendent, Dr. Christine Perkins says the new budget holds some modest increases and is pleased with the way things went. “We wanted to have things structured differently this year and strived for a collaborative, inclusive, balanced budget process,” states Superintendent Perkins.
The District was able to incorporate nearly 8000 thoughts on the budget process through the use of community intelligence software ThoughtExchange. Feedback to the School Board office came from students, staff, parents and community. Priorities that crystallized from this survey focused on mental health, early learning, and continued professional development for both CUPE and KLTF staff. “We will be hiring two new positions, a Manager of Safe Schools and Coordinator of Mental Health and Addictions. This addresses the attention we need to pay to the social and emotional needs of our learners,” adds Perkins.
Board Chairperson, Lenora Trenaman, states, “We are happy to be able to continue with year two of our Focus. Learn. Excel. initiative to assist in improving achievement for our students, including early learning, and we are pleased to continue with year two of our technology modernization plan with website upgrades, infrastructure upgrades, and support improvements.”
Creative ideas to lower costs came from all participants. “One proposal from the Principals and Vice-Principal’s was a district-wide base Elementary School Fee for supplies for $40. This should help to get better prices for supplies and be more equitable and affordable for our young families,” says Secretary-Treasurer Michael McLellan.
As for new Capital Spending, School District 8 will be proceeding with the following:
2019-2020 New Capital Grants - Total $2,674,762
- Annual Facilities Grant - Capital Portion - $1,094,762
- School Enhancement Program LVR Dust Collector - $300,000 – to be completed over summer 2019
- School Enhancement Program Hume windows - $750,000 – to be completed over summer 2019
- School Enhancement Program Various - $425,000
- Playground Winlaw - $105,000
Other Approved Future Capital Projects:
- Blewett Expansion - Expect $100,000 of Local Capital spend in 2019-2020 on Preparation
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