Government of Saskatchewan gives school divisions $20 million to help with inflation

School Divisions will receive a one-time $20 million investment for the 2022-23 school year to assist with rising fuel and insurance costs.

As a result of these additional funds, school divisions can prevent inflationary costs from diverting resources away from classrooms.

Education Minister Dustin Duncan said the government recognizes the impact rising costs across the country will have on schools.

“Now that school board budgets have been submitted, we have weighed the impact of fuel and insurance costs on their operations and are in a position to provide further assistance to divisions.”

Duncan said the money would help school divisions with rising fuel and insurance costs.

“$15 million is being earmarked towards transportation. We looked at what school divisions had spent last year, we looked at the average cost they would have paid last year, and we are trying to forecast what the average cost is going to be this year,” he said. “The remaining $5 million is going to be based on what school divisions have provided to us in terms of the increased premiums that they are paying.”

Duncan said that school divisions must submit another budget to the Ministry.

“We’re asking school divisions, based on the funding each of them will receive, to submit an amended budget, which we will then review,” he said. “This does give time in the event that school divisions are going to be using the funding to hire to go through that process and hopefully have those additional positions in place, maybe not for the beginning of the school year but early in the school year.”

As for other problems that school divisions have, such as a lack of staffing, Duncan said he would keep an open dialogue with the Saskatchewan School Boards Association.

“Certainly know that this is not going to address all the concerns they have talked about, but school divisions have to make decisions with the dollars they do have.”

With this additional investment, school operating funding exceeds $2 billion for the first time in the province’s history.

Breakdown of what each school division will receive:

School Division $ Received
Chinook School Division 1,211,000
Christ the Teacher RCSSD 88,900
Conseil des écoles Fransaskoises 593,300
Creighton School Division 70,500
Good Spirit School Division 1,058,400
Holy Family RCSSD 83,200
Holy Trinity RCSSD 176,600
Horizon School Division 1,122,900
Ile a la Crosse School Division 64,900
Light of Christ RCSSD 104,400
Living Sky School Division 1,124,800
Lloydminster RCSSD 85,800
Lloydminster School Division 100,400
North East School Division 672,400
Northern Lights School Division 504,200
Northwest School Division 801,400
Prairie South School Division 1,050,800
Prairie Spirit School Division 1,116,700
Prairie Valley School Division 1,261,100
Prince Albert RCSSD 262,500
Regina RCSSD 842,100
Regina School Division 1,523,100
Saskatchewan Rivers School Division 956,200
Saskatoon School Division 1,579,400
South East Cornerstone School Division 1,341,400
Greater Saskatoon Catholic School Division 1,303,500
Sun West School Division 900,100

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