On January 30, 2020 the Minister of Education announced an increase of $6.6M in provincial funding for public Education for the 2020/21 school year. The announcement will result in an estimated reduction of $114,000 or about 0.4% less than current funding levels for Garden Valley.
School Boards have again been requested to cap any increases in education property taxes at 2% for the 2020-2021 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 27, 2020 at 7:00 pm at Pine Ridge Elementary School in Winkler. The general public is invited to attend and engage the School Board in budget planning discussions.
The Board will approve the 2020 Special Levy at its meeting on March 10 and submit the approved 2020/2021 School Division budget by March 31, 2020.