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Wednesday, 14 September 2011 15:05

Sask. Ministry of Education approves Chinook budget

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Courtesy Chinook School Division
The Ministry of Education has approved the Chinook School Division’s 2011-2012 budget. According to Board Chair, Randy Beler, this is a budget that will allow Chinook to advance its educational priorities and those of the province while remaining fiscally responsible.

Beler says that numeracy will be the curriculum priority for the next 3 years. “The keys to our success with balanced literacy were a combination of teacher and staff commitment and focused resources provided by the Board. The model of utilizing coaches to support teachers will continue with numeracy, while 2 coaches will remain in place to ensure that gains in literacy will be maintained.” It has also been identified that Hutterian students and their teachers need a greater level of student services support. Additional teachers have been hired to provide service in this area.

The School Division budget is based on revenues of $84,246,199, and expenditures of $80,429,517. There is a planned surplus of $3.98m with approximately $2.76m of this set aside to fund future amortization on capital assets.

In addition to the primary focus on instructional support, the Board has committed $8.1m to capital upgrades. This will include the construction of a bus garage, repair to school roofs and upgrades to school playground structures.

Mr. Beler says the Board believes that this budget strikes the proper balance. “We feel that we have been able to provide the resources that address priority areas: ensuring great learning opportunities for all students and maintaining a safe, attractive and functional infrastructure. We are also pleased the Ministry of Education approved our budget estimates as submitted, endorsing the priorities we have identified.”

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