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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

School Board Budget Up For Approval

Regional | by John Divinski  

Bluewater Committee tentatively approves a 6.5% increase over last year, with final vote on June 19th.

Tentative approval has been given for the Bluewater District Board of Education budget for 2018-19.

The board's Business Committee OK'd a budget of just over 216-million-dollars revenue which represents a 6.5% increase over last year.

Superintendent of Business Services Rob Cummings told the Business Committee meeting on June 12th, with the revenue forecast of just over 216-million-dollars, there are also operating expenses projected at just over 215-million-500-thousand-dollars.

He says what's left is a transfer to reserves of $466,000.

Cummings says the budget will now go to the regular board meeting on June 19th for final approval.

He says the new budget "focuses on the commitment to a quality educational experience for all students and reinvestments in technology and schools in a long-term sustainable manner."

Things look good for the board as far as enrolment goes in the new year as well.

Cummings says they're projecting up to 187 additional students in September to be added to the just over 16-thousand-200-students they now have in elementary and secondary levels.

He says for the first time in 10-years, a slight increase of students in the secondary panel is being forecast--that increase being 28 more students to bring the total to just over 44-hundred secondary students next year.

Director of Education Alana Murray says, it's taken a while, but they're finally heading towards a strong financial position in order to invest in schools, students and staff over the next decade.

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