Board approves 2020-2021 budget

Board approves 2020-2021 budget

During the board meeting held on May 28, 2020, the Peace River School Division (PRSD) board of trustees approved the 2020-2021 budget totalling $53,717,450.00.

Over and above basic education, PRSD’s 2020-2021 budget will fund PRSD’s focus on literacy, numeracy, mental health and wellness, support for students with complex and special needs, technology integration and employee contract obligations.  In order to continue to fund such programs and maintain staffing levels in schools, PRSD will request ministerial approval to withdraw $300,000 from reserves.

“The majority of the funds we are requesting to take from reserves is being used to maintain teaching staff and fund wrap-around services such as our two divisional Social Workers, Youth Education Support Workers and Success Coaches” says Board Chair Darren Kuester. “Ensuring our students’ mental health and well-being is supported and keeping our teachers in the classroom is and will always be high priorities.”

The budget also funds the roles of PRSD’s First Nations Metis and Inuit Coordinator, Literacy Coordinator and Numeracy Coordinator. The coordinator roles support the division’s focus on numeracy, literacy and ensuring First Nations Metis and Inuit learning is integrated and supported in all PRSD schools.

“On behalf of the board of trustees, thank you to management, school administrators and school staff for your assistance in developing the 2020-2021 budget” says Kuester.