Chinook School Board ‘Relieved’ After Budget

Written by Colin Powers on Friday, 20 March 2015

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Wednesday’s Provincial budget presentation provided some relief for the Chinook School Division.

The document contains $2 billion in education funding and $1.87 billion in school operating funding, up 2.9% over last year.

“Our initial thoughts were one of concern, but we were pretty relieved to find out that some of the main expenses that we face, like the new contract and the back pay that has caused, were covered in the budget, and overall, we’re very pleased,” said Larry Caswell, Acting Chair for the Chinook School Board. “We’re not able to keep up with every inflationary cost, but we have some extras that will meet part of those, and of course, the big expenses like our contract that the budget does cover.

“We were worried coming down, and were much relieved coming home,” he added. “We’re able to keep our supports and our main business of educating children at the forefront, and I think we can deal with the small cuts we’re going to have to make operationally and not really effect our major concern, our students.”

Caswell says while the school division doesn’t have any major capital projects planned, they are also pleased that the province will be picking up the full cost of those projects starting this year, saying it takes a lot of redundant work out of the hands of their staff.

via Local News

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