Where would you spend school dollars?

Surrey School District seeking input as it prepares 2015-2016 operating budget.

The Surrey Board of Education is seeking input on what its budget priorities should be for the 2015-2016 school year.

As in the past several years, the board says the needs will once again outpace funds received from government. And that may result in “difficult choices” as trustees figure out how to best serve Surrey and White Rock students.

Last year, the district had to shave about $9 million in expenditures in order to balance the $589-million operating budget and maintain existing programs and services, resulting in staff layoffs and re-assignments.

Since 2008, similar cost-cutting moves have been made annually, including reducing support and district staff and cutting the number of instructional days in the year (extending spring break, etc.) to save Teacher on Call costs.

More than 90 per cent of the operating budget pays for staff – teachers, education assistants, principals and support staff such as secretaries and custodians – while less than 10 per cent goes to services and supplies, including utilities. (The capital budget is separate and pays for land and buildings).

Each year, the board meets with employee groups, parents and community organizations to discuss challenges and issues facing the school district, and gather input.

Community members are also welcome to send submissions to budget@surreyschools.ca by Feb. 27. Submissions may be mailed to Secretary Treasurer Wayne Noye, 14033 92 Ave., Surrey, B.C. V3V 0B7.

A guide called Understanding School District Finances is available at http://bit.ly/1DmIABA

Additional information on the school district, including financial reports, are available at www.surreyschools.ca under the ‘About’ tab.

 

 

 

 

Just Posted

Semiahmoo wins Surrey RCMP Basketball Classic for second straight year

Totems’ senior boys battle back to top Tamanawis in tourney final at Enver Creek Saturday

Flavourful journey through the city

BIA’s Taste White Rock event returns

WIND WARNING: Metro Vancouver expecting 100 km/h gusts Saturday night

Environment Canada issues warns of possibly dangerous conditions

Civic cannabis plan gets the attention of White Rock business groups

Chamber to poll members, BIA would “absolutely support” businesses looking to open dispensaries

Totems to battle Wildcats for Surrey RCMP Basketball championship

Match set for 7:45 p.m. at Enver Creek Secondary

VIDEO: Surrey reviewing Clayton crosswalk after pedestrian hit

The city says investigation in response to safety concerns from local resident

VIDEO: Vancouver Giants blanked by Portland Winterhawks

Saturday’s 2-0 setback marks first regulation loss for G-Men in 10 games

VIDEO: Thousands join women’s march events across B.C.

Today marks one year since the first Women’s March on Washington

VIDEO: Remember the Voyageurs at Fort Langley

Two-day historical festival underway

Two Canadians, two Americans abducted in Nigeria are freed

Kidnapping for ransom is common in Nigeria, especially on the Kaduna to Abuja highway

Are you ready for some wrestling? WWE’s ‘Raw’ marks 25 years

WWE flagship show is set to mark its 25th anniversary on Monday

B.C. woman who forged husband’s will gets house arrest

Princeton Judge says Odelle Simmons did not benefit from her crime

Snow warning in effect for the Coquihalla

A snowfall warning is in effect from Hope to Merritt as slush and snow is expected on highways this weekend

Vancouver hoping free public Wi-Fi expansion will drive tourism dollars

Mayor Gregor Robertson says expansion bolsters its “leading Smart City” status

Most Read