Second Advisory Budget Consultation meeting held

The School District 52 board of education held the second ABC meeting at CHSS on Thursday, March 1st.

The board of education from School District 52 has started the Advisory Budget Consultation process for the 2012/2013 school year, holding the second meeting on the topic on Thursday, March 1 in the multipurpose room at Charles Hays Secondary School.

The meeting was short and sweet, with the district’s Secretary-Treasurer Cam McIntyre making a presentation on where the budget process is at currently.

At this meeting, the projected student enrollment numbers were released, which will have a lot to do with how much funding the district receives from the government, as well as the list of submitted new initiatives and budget saving areas.

During his presentation, McIntyre announced the projected student enrollment numbers for the 2012/2013 school year is a headcount of 2,157 students, which is down 46 students. Although there is a decrease, McIntyre mentioned that it’s not as large of a decrease as last year.

There were over twenty submitted cost initiatives from stakeholders and from the online survey including course expansions, a number of different equipment replacement around the district, training of a variety of different staff members and additional staff hiring, programs, etc. The new initiatives totaled $715,810.

There was two cost savings suggestion, which both recommended to reduce staff members, suggesting reducing an administrator position at CHSS, and a board office position. The cost savings totaled $80,238.

The district is expecting to lose approximately $400,000 in Funding Protection, so not all the suggestions will be included in the budget.

Many of the suggestions came from an online survey, something new the board is trying out this year. A survey can currently be found at that allows members of the public to have a say in which initiatives they think should be prioritized.

Superintendent Lynn Hauptman says it’s gratifying to see people using the online survey to submit their suggestions.

Another way stakeholders and the public can submit their thoughts is requesting to make a presentation at the next ABC meeting on why they believe a certain initiative is important for the budget to the board. People wishing to make a presentation are encouraged to contact Secretary-Treasurer Cam McIntyre.

The next ABC meeting will be held on Monday, March 12 in the multipurpose room at CHSS. At this meeting, information on Ministry funding will be discussed.

The board is expecting the budget to be completed and approved at the regularly scheduled Board meeting on Tuesday, April 10, 2012.

Just Posted

Council briefs: NWCC to stop ESL courses, financial bylaw adopted

Notes from the April 23 Prince Rupert city council meeting

City to begin jail cell upgrades by mid-May

Cost of the Prince Rupert cell project to cost more than $456,800

Prince Rupert Amateur Swim Club makes waves in Prince George

The Prince Rupert Amateur Swim competed in Prince George April 20-22

Richard Haley wins BC Web squash tournament for fourth time

Prince Rupert squash club competes in Smithers

Running in memory of Tamara

Team “Tears to HOPE” ran in the Vancouver Sun Run in honour of murdered and missing Indigenous women

Prince Rupert’s first adaptive hiking program launched

Kaien Coastal Riders have secured a TrailRider to make the North Coast outdoors more accessible

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Doctor sees healing power in psychedelic plant as Peru investigates death of B.C. man

Peru’s attorney general has ordered the arrest of two suspects in the killing of 41-year-old Sebastian Woodroffe

Toronto police officer ‘gave himself the space and time’ in van attack

Footage shows officer standing up, turning off his siren and talking clearly to the suspect

$1.18 to $1.58 a litre: Are you paying the most for gas in B.C.?

Gas prices across B.C. vary, with lowest in Vernon and highest in – you guessed it – Metro Vancouver

Inquest set 10 years after B.C. woman shot, left to die

Lisa Dudley, and her partner, Guthrie McKay were shot in their Mission home in September 2008

B.C. hockey team to retire Humboldt Bronco victim’s number

BCHL’s Surrey Eagles to retire Jaxon Joseph’s No. 10 in light of bus tragedy

B.C. Hells Angels invited to rally by anti-SOGI organizer

The Culture Guard group has helped Hells Angels in the past, said its executive director.

B.C. bill aims to keep Indigenous kids in communities, out of care

Changes to Child, Family and Community Service Act could connect MCFD, Indigenous communities

Most Read