Transportation Fees - Special Meeting
In order to meet the May 31, 2015 deadline to submit a balanced budget, the Board called a special meeting for May 13, 2015 to discuss transportation fees. On March 26, 2015, the Treasury Board announced the proposed Budget 2015. Targeting reductions in spending, the Provincial budget called for a 2.7 per cent reduction in non-teacher cost areas including transportation. Under the current conditions, the projected shortfall in funding for Student Transportation is estimated to be $540,000. Prior to the provincial election and in an effort to balance the operational costs for transportation within the constraints of the March proposed budget, fee increases were to be considered.
However, on May 12, 2015, Premiere designate Rachel Notley issued the following statement to school jurisdictions:
“I have asked that the outgoing Government of Alberta extend the school budget deadline by a month – to the end of June. The people of Alberta voted last week for a new government that is committed to funding enrolment growth properly. We will shortly take office and will address this matter as quickly as possible, in good time for the next school year.”
In light of the latest development and the need for a clearer understanding of ‘funding enrolment growth properly’, Parkland School Division’s Board of Trustees received as information scenarios on how the $540,000 deficit could be made up through increases in transportation fees. No recommendations were made and no decisions were deliberated upon pending further information from the new provincial NDP government.
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