Battle River School Division approves new budget

BRSD to top up budget with reserves
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The Battle River School Division (BRSD)has fully approved its budget for the upcoming school year.

Approved by the board of trustees, the budget will be submitted to Alberta Education by May 31 for the 2024-25 school year.

The budget comes following the notice of allocation from the province at the end of March which sees the division receiving $69.7 million in the upcoming school year.

Next year's allocation is around $500,000 less than the $70.2 million allocated in 2024-25.

"Despite this decrease, we remain committed to enhancing our educational programs and resources, ensuring that we continue to provide high-quality learning environments and provide support for our students and staff," states the release announcing the budget.

"BRSD’s budget planning reinforces its mission: Every Student, Every Day, a Success."

Previously, the BRSD approved a budget allocating 87.55 per cent of the yearly instruction budget to the schools in the division, up from 86 per cent in 2023-24.

As part of the fully approved budget, BRSD will be spending $2.9 million from reserves to support staffing.

“Our budget planning is driven by our core priorities: Learning Success for All, Enhance High-Quality Learning and Working Environments, and Well-Being,” said Patrick McFeely, chair of the Board of Trustees.

“We are committed to using these funds effectively to support every student's journey toward success.”

The focus of the BRSD's budget is its commitment to "improving educational outcomes, investing in professional learning and fostering a supportive and inclusive school environment."

"This financial plan reinforces our dedication to making strategic investments that benefit our students, staff, and the broader community," concludes the release.

For more information about the budget and the support of students in the classrooms, visit alberta.ca.

BRSD is one of 13 school divisions in the province to receive funding cuts for the 2024-25 school year.

-With files from the Canadian Press