The 2020-21 Preliminary Annual Budget and the next steps for the draft Long Range Facilities Plan were under discussion at the School District No. 83 (North Okanagan-Shuswap)’s Committee of the Whole meeting on Wednesday.
As the meeting started Board Chairperson Amanda Krebs, on behalf of the trustees, sent best wishes for a full recovery to fellow trustee Quentin Bruns, who was recently injured in a farming accident. “It sounds like it won’t be very speedy recovery but we are wishing you a full recovery,” she said.
The bulk of the meeting was spent on discussing the draft preliminary budget, which will be voted on by trustees at the next regular meeting of the Board, set for Tuesday, June 16 at 6 p.m.
Secretary-Treasurer Alanna Cameron went through the updates, reductions and changes made to the draft budget to reflect the discussions by trustees at the previous Committee of the Whole meeting in May.
This included the addition of a $355,000 contingency fund (as per Board policy) for emergent issues as well as a $142,462 contingency for inclusive education to enhance school allocations to support designated students.
Also included in the draft budget is $49,000 to go towards an Indigenous Literacy Intervention Program, $30,000 to support a five year program to add water filters and waterbottle filling stations in schools, $40,000 to increase specialty teacher time to support students with visual impairments, and $50,000 towards replacement custodial time.
Trustees also discussed next steps for the draft long range facilities plan and will be bringing a motion to the June 16th meeting to approve additional consultation for the Salmon Arm area as Option E-5 has been added, which would have Shuswap Middle School continue as a Grade 6-8, while Jackson and Sullivan would both be Grade 9-12 schools. All existing Salmon Arm elementaries including North and South Canoe would become K-5.
Trustee Marty Gibbons raised the option of including a high school for the Sorrento area, which would serve the North & South Shuswap, in the 10-year plan. He noted this would help resolve several of the Board’s concerns including travel time for students, transitions between schools and some of the space concerns in Salmon Arm.
A Committee of the Whole meeting provides the Board of Education an opportunity to discuss an issue before bringing recommendations/motions to a regular Board of Education meeting.
The Board’s next regular meeting is on Tuesday, June 16 at 6 p.m. This will be a virtual meeting. There will be a public question and answer period.
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