An in-person public budget consultation meeting was held on May 10 at the District Education Support Centre (DESC). SD83 Secretary Treasurer Dale Culler provided an overview of the 2022-23 preliminary budget including information on how the budget is developed, how revenue is generated, how it is spent and much more.
He noted that a robust budget has many moving parts that have to be considered.
The public is now invited to view the slides and recording and then provide feedback to the Board on the draft 2022-23 preliminary budget. This feedback will be discussed at the Board’s next Committee of the Whole meeting, which will focus on the budget, set for May 24 at the DESC at 4 p.m.
Background – OUR DISTRICT
School District No. 83 encompasses several distinct communities as well as four First Nations bands, and serves the growing learning needs of approximately 6,815 students.
The Board’s mission is:
‘To engage all students in meaningful and relevant learning experiences that develop their knowledge, skills, attitudes, creativity and the pursuit of personal success.’
The District has a strong focus on literacy, numeracy, and social responsibility, and follows an inclusive model with itinerant professionals providing support services to students within their neighbourhood schools.
DISTRICT STRATEGIC PLAN
As per the Board’s adopted Budget Development Guiding Principles, the priorities established within the District Strategic Plan are used as a regular reference point to provide direction and guide all decision-making with respect to the allocation of resources. The Strategic Plan is a key component in the District’s commitment to improving the learning and working environment of all students and staff.
As per the School Act, one of the primary responsibilities of an elected school board is to pass, through a bylaw, a balanced annual budget for each school year on or before June 30 of the year prior. The Minister requires revenues and related expenditures to be tracked in three major categories:
- Operating Funds
- Special Purpose Funds
- Capital Funds
Operating Funds are intended to provide for the day-to-day operations of the school district, including instructional programs, school and district administration, facilities operations and maintenance, and transportation. With the exception of targeted Indigenous Education funding, Boards have the autonomy to allocate operational funding as they deem appropriate. Though districts have the ability to generate operating funds locally, through ventures such as facility rentals, interest generation and international student programs, the bulk of operating funds are provided by the Ministry.
Special Purpose Funds are typically allocated or generated on an annual basis and are provided for very specific purposes or initiatives. The Board has little autonomy on how these funds are spent (e.g. Classroom Enhancement Fund, Annual Facilities Grant, Community LINK, Ready Set Learn and School Generated Funds).
Capital Funds are provided by the Minister in response to the Board’s approved 5-Year Capital Plan submission. These funds are allocated specifically for the purchase and long-term maintenance of the district’s major capital assets.
At the Regular Meeting of December 14, 2021, the Board of Education adopted an initial draft of the Preliminary Annual Budget Timeline and Process.
To advise and assist with the 2022-23 Operational Budget development, the Board accessed its Budget Committee. The committee consists of representation from all partner groups:
- Support staff
- First Nations
- Principals and Vice Principals
- District Staff
The purpose of this working group is to provide the Board with representative advice on budget issues and implications of proposed changes, and to allow for an interactive forum for open communication and understanding of the budget.
View the recording of the public budget session here (Please note that during the recording the slides being presented on the TV by Secretary Treasurer Dale Culler are sometimes difficult to see but the complete slide deck is available by clicking here).
Should you wish to share your views on the proposed budget considerations, you are invited to complete the online survey. This survey will be open from Tuesday, May 10th through to Tuesday, May 24th, 2022 at noon.
Individuals wishing to provide written submissions are asked to email them to firstname.lastname@example.org before end of day on Monday, May 23rd, 2022.
Please note: All submissions to the Board are considered public documents. The Board therefore reserves the right to make any submissions available to the public and to place them on the district website.
Thank you for taking the time to review our 2022-2023 Preliminary Budget Development Summary