The Quesnel School District (SD 28) anticipates an operating surplus for the 2022/23 school year.
The Board of Education passed and adopted the annual budget bylaw set at $43,324,905 during their Wednesday, May 18, regular board meeting.
Before the consideration of requests, SD 28 anticipates an operating surplus of $65,032, noted secretary-treasurer Jennifer Woollends.
“This was after the reversal of the one-time surplus expenditure plan implemented for the 2021/22 school year and budget adjustments for staffing and supply changes,” Woollends wrote in a memorandum to trustees.
Feedback and ideas were requested from partner groups, the Aboriginal Education Council, the Quesnel District Teachers Association, CUPE 4990, and the Quesnel Principals and Vice Principals Association, on how best to invest these dollars for the upcoming year.
The Board of Education also hosted a public meeting to understand the community’s priorities.
Needs identified by departments and stakeholder groups for the next school year included support services, principal support, Indigenous education resources, Indigenous education surplus, capital, and other.
Woollends said the identified investments amount to $526,632 and will be covered in part by the anticipated surplus (before requests) and the remainder through the accumulated operating surplus funds.
“The Board of Education is pleased to be making investments to benefit the students and staff of the Quesnel School District for the 2022/23 school year.”
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