E-Bulletin, March 8, 2016

1.  Divisional Strategic Plan 2016-2017 • Trustees approved the following goals as part of the division’s strategic plan for 2016-2017: o Literacy o Numeracy o Professional Learning

Communities • In addition to its continued commitment on early years’ literacy, the strategic plan also addresses literacy in the middle years and high school, along with a focus on numeracy from kindergarten to grade 8.  • To view a more detailed presentation on the division strategic plan and the planning process, please check the website at www.gvsd.ca

2.  School Division Budget 2016-2017 • GVSD 2016-17 Budget = $48,000,000  • 67% comes from provincial revenue, the rest comes from local taxes. • Local property was reassessed and increased in value approximately 17%.  • The mill rate will drop from 18.05 to 15.99 meaning education taxes for most home and business owners will go down slightly. • New expenditures include: o funds to implement the division’s strategic goals of Gr. 5-12 literacy and K-8 numeracy. o new buses as part of the bus replacement plan. o renovations at Winkler Elementary, JR Walkof and Parkland schools. o supporting the Winkler Family Resource Centre and the Imagination Library. • For more information, please see the budget presentation at the GVSD website at www.gvsd.ca

3.  Preliminary Kindergarten Enrolment 2016-2017 • Kindergarten registrations have taken place at schools throughout the division.  Registrations to date are around 285 students which is comparable to previous years meaning we’re on target to reach the September 2016 projected enrolment of 325. • Parents can still register their children for Kindergarten by contacting their local school or the division.