SD72 budget adopted

Adoption of the school district’s budget came one week after the board agreed to reduce services

School District 72’s 2012/2013 budget, which includes cuts to office staff but the addition of a new teaching position, was adopted by the Board of Education at its public meeting May 15.

The budget was based on consultations with the District Parent Advisory Committee, parents, school principals and vice-principals, teachers, student leadership groups, and CUPE members.

Adoption of the school district’s budget came one week after the board agreed to reduce services by $15,000 and take $165,000 from the school district’s operational reserves to allow for additions to the budget.

“The proposed budget reduction of $115,000 results in an equivalent decrease of approximately 2.5 full-time equivalent positions in clerical staffing,” said a news release from the school district. “The reduction will be done largely through using the existing, historical clerical staffing formula already in place.”

School District 72 says it will continue to look for extra operational savings through the remainder of the year, with a goal of reducing the draw on operational reserves.