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Board Meeting Highlights - June 9, 2015

The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, June 16, 2015. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting.

Update:

  • The Board approved the 2015-2016 Preliminary Budget as presented by Associate Superintendent of Business & Finance Claire Jonsson.  As part of the annual budget cycle, school jurisdictions prepare budgets in the spring then update the budget in the fall based on September 30th enrolments and any new developments in the spring.  Parkland School Division has a total budget of $123.7 million dollars to serve the needs of approximately 10,700 students.
    • Parkland School Division is projecting an increased enrolment of 266 students over the previous year.
    • Total budget revenues for 2015-16 will increase by 4.25% over 2014-15.
    • The 2015-16 budget accomodates a provision for an increase in general student enrolment, a 1.8% increase in base instruction grant rates and a 2% increase in class size grants.
    • Parkland School Division will spend approximately $91.5 million dollars on human resources, which is about 74% of the division's budget.  The division will employ over 573 full-time equivalent teachers and 400 full-time equivalent support staff in 2015-16. 
    • As a result of expenditure growth outpacing revenue, it has been necessary to utilize Accumulated Operating Reserves to match expenditure decisions to the resources available.  The Division is expecting Accumulated Operating Reserves of $2.90 million dollars as of August 31, 2015.  In the 2015-16 budget, there will be an anticipated $67,000 to be used to provide additional funding to offset projected deficits.
  • The Board approved Parkland School Division's Three Year Education Plan as presented by Associate Superintendent Scott Johnston.  The Board of Trustees, in collaboration with the Senior Executive Team, Lead Team, parents and students, developed a strategic, forward-thinking plan, that includes priorities, strategies and targets using both accountability and assurance measures.   The 2015-2018 Education Plan marks a departure from previous combined Annual Education Results Report/Education Plan documents.  The plan attends to Parkland School Division's Ultimate Goal of Student Success & Well-being through:
    • Two enduring priorities: engagement and resource stewardship
    • Four goals: Inclusive Education, Quality Learning, Culture of Wellness & Universal Leadership

Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 8th, 2015 at 5:30 p.m., Centre for Education