On January 24, 2019 the Minister of Education announced an increase of $6.6M in provincial funding for public Education for the 2019/20 school year. The announcement will result in an estimated additional $120,000 or about 0.4% more than current funding levels.
School Boards have again been directed to cap any increases in education property taxes at 2% for the 2019-2020 school year and continue to reduce administrative costs. The Province currently supports about 68% of the cost of educating a student in Garden Valley. The remaining 32% is provided primarily by the local property tax payer.
The Board has scheduled a Budget Consultation meeting on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 7:00 pm at Northlands Parkway Collegiate in Winkler. The general public is invited to attend and engage the School Board in budget planning discussions.
The Board will approve the 2019 Special Levy at its meeting on March 12 and submit the approved 2019/2020 School Division budget by March 31, 2019.