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surplus budgets over $125,000 2014 GMC ACADIA

WAS 42,999
by Adrienne Tait thirty thousand. NOW 31,999 AUTO P14-216
The board does not stipulate how the school funds
Eight schools within the GYPSD are sitting with should be spent but does require the expenditures be
surplus budgets of over $125,000. While some of the sustainable. I.e. schools cannot hire three extra
schools have “reduced their surplus budgets by teachers this year if they cannot realistically fund those
acceptable amounts” overall the school board is positions the following year. Gym equipment, field
concerned that the money being given to the schools is trips, and material replacement are all considered
not being spent on today's students. acceptable expenditures.
School staffing is targeted to be 92% of the school Stitzenberger said, “Parent councils are fundraising
budget. The other 8% is allocated for budget items for field trips when schools are sitting on funding. The
such as supplies, text books, and reserves for future parent councils are feeling pressured to raise
projects or funding requirements. thousands of dollars.” Something he said was
Schools with staffing budgets of over 95% are unnecessary if the money is sitting in the school
generally considered to be at an unsustainable level as account.
a 5% allocation for materials and supplies is Parents interested in knowing their school budget,
considered insufficient. whether there is a surplus or deficit, and if so why, are
While general funding policies are set at the board invited to talk to their school principal. The reports are
level it is up to individual schools to determine their public documents and should be made available either
staffing, supplies, and program budget requirements. by the schools or are available upon request at the
Assistant superintendent of business services Ed division.
Latka said he prefers a school contingency, or reserve,
fund surplus of approximately $40,000 which would
fund an additional full time teacher's assistant if
However a number of division schools have reported
significantly higher than projected reserves.
Most notably Westhaven was named as having larger
than acceptable reserves at $444,745. The existence
of large reserve accounts are viewed by the board as
the schools not spending the funds on current students.
With schools like Westhaven sitting on large reserves
and others like Parkland in a deficit school board
administration is proposing changes to division
procedures which would see those reserves
transferred from schools with excess to areas it is most
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