The Regina Catholic School Division has passed a balanced budget
The board’s goal was to give students a good education while facing a 1.7-million dollar funding shortfall.
Board chair Donna Ziegler says it took a lot of thought and time to reach the balance.
“We knew, as of March 22nd, we were pretty much handed a 1.5-million dollar reduction,” Ziegler said. “And we also knew that this coming year will be exciting for us. We’ve got 370 new students entering our schools and we’re opening three more schools.”
Ziegler says with the three new joint-use schools opening in the fall, the board will add nearly 17 teachers.
She says one way to help with costs is by borrowing 200-thousand dollars from reserves.
But, Ziegler says some administrative staff will be needing to re-calibrate their days.
“How can we look at our centralized instruction and admin. supports,” Ziegler said. “And maybe move some of them into the classroom. So we did that. With about 7 positions.”
The Catholic school board is planning to phase out a preschool program — the Sunshine Program — for 80 children who have intensive needs.
“The kindergarten numbers are still stable,” Ziegler said. “But the pre-K, we had to eliminate two of the unfunded programs. We also had to phase out one of the programs called the Sunshine Program. It’s for intensive-needs pre-schoolers.”
She says professional development spending will be scrutinized adding more savings were found even by cutting Catholic School ads in the yellow pages.