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Province proposes reduction of school fees

by Mikaela Kuefler supplies and materials are anything from
textbooks, workbooks, and photocopying, to
The Government of Alberta has made a printing, paper supplies, and any other common
proposal called Bill 1 on March 2. If passed, the fees charged to all students. The family of
bill would remove fees previously charged by School fees were previously collected at the
public school authorities for instructional schools to offset the programming. For this past LUCY ROBINSON
supplies or materials, and would eliminate school year, parents had to pay schools an
transportation fees for eligible students living instructional material fee of $70 for students in Invite you to
outside of the 2.4 km boundary. Kindergarten to Grade 6, $80 for Grades 7-9, and come celebrate
The result would be an approximate 25% $95 for Grades 10-12 with a family maximum of
reduction in overall school fees by providing $50 $245. HER 80th BIRTHDAY!
million in funding for school boards throughout As for future funding implications, "We're not
the province. The bill would affect the Public as sure how it's going to look. They're just going to Niton Community Hall
well as the Catholic school systems. have to find a way to re-adjust the dollars at the Saturday, May 20, 2017
Bill 1 would also require school boards to school level. Right now, we're running a deficit Doors open at 5:00 pm
submit fees to Alberta Education for evaluation budget as it is. If it is a loss for all the school, Supper at 6:00 pm
and some concerns are being raised about losing then obviously we're going to have to look at Dance to follow
local decision-making abilities regarding school different things because it would put us in a Liquor for Sale by
fees. difficult position," said Giles. Niton Community Society
Since the Bill will would take effect for the things because it would put us in a difficult PLEASE NO GIFTS but donations to the
2017/18 school year if passed and schools have position," said Giles. Niton Historical Society are appreciated.
Overnight parking available
already determined next year's budget, Alberta As for the elimination of the transportation fee,
Education is providing the Grande Yellowhead GYPSD will not be affected since they don't
School Division with a grant of approximately charge the fees for eligible students residing
$370,000 to offset the cost. The grant amount outside of the 2.4 km boundary.
was based on the amount GYPSD schools "In some urban areas, some boards were
collected in the 2015/16 school year instructional charging transportation
fees. fees because they were
"Since the schools have included instructional transporting kids within
fees on the budget, the government is giving us the city," said Giles.
the money for this year but if they're going to "It was great to hear that
continue the funding for the following years, we they're giving us the
have no commitment going forward. We're going funding to replace fees
to be in a neutral position with the grant money this year because we
from Alberta Education," said Communications already made budget
Manager Nikki Giles. "The grant will help plans the upcoming year.
schools figure out their budgets because they're We're counting on that
not going to be able to put those fees back to the money. Hopefully they'll
parents." continue with the
According to Alberta Education, instructional funding," said Giles.

We would like to say Thank You to the wonderful, caring nurses and especially
Abel at The Edson Hospital who looked after Dad (Harry King) and Dr. Saincher
and the other doctors.
We would like to say Thank You to Natalie and the ladies from Foothills Memorial
Chapel, you were all so nice to work with.

Thank You to St. Catherine’s Anglican Church and Rev. Ann Salmon. To Ron
Deleeuw Thank You, your service together was much appreciated.

Thank You and hugs to our extended families and friends for all your support and
caring. Thank You for the flowers, cards, phone calls.
Thank you to the ladies that brought food to the house and for the lunch at the

King Families

Parkland Lodge is rebuilding but before we do that,
the old building must come down!

There are numerous fixtures left for us to liquidate.

We will be holding a sale at the Lodge

MAY 27 and 28

9 am to 3 pm.

All reasonable offers will be considered.

Proceeds will go towards furnishings for the new building.
You will be responsible for the removal of any items
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