Chinook School Division has finalized a budget for the 2014-2015 school year. The planned expenditures will allow Chinook to proceed with key strategic priorities in the areas of Math and Literacy, in addition to initiatives such as the Information Technology (IT) Long Term Strategic Plan currently being implemented throughout the Division.
Chinook will also complete various capital projects around the division in 2014-2015, including the major roof project at Leader Composite and Fox Valley schools and the heating system upgrade at Frontier. Projects at École Centennial and Fairview schools will be finished and Chinook will initiate the projects at Central and Irwin schools as part of the school reorganization and grade reconfiguration in the city. Smaller preventative maintenance and repair projects are planned at schools throughout the Division as well.
“We are continuing with the implementation of our Strategic Plan and the Board will continue to achieve priorities, objectives and goals in an increasingly tight fiscal framework. Although Our operational allotment has decreased over the last three years, our Board remains committed to ensuring we have the appropriate resources available for the ultimate goal of learning for all students.” said Randy Beler, Chinook Board Chair.
Director of Education Liam Choo-Foo remains focused on programming and student needs. “In the face of Division-wide student enrolment decline, this budget will allow us to maintain our basic needs for infrastructure,” Choo-Foo explains, “More importantly, it allows us to continue our focus on student learning with the implementation of effective interventions in both our Math Momentum and Balanced Literacy programs. This aligns very well with the new provincial education sector strategic plan.”
The total School Division Operational Expenditures are approximately $88.86m. The revenues from grant taxes and other will be $85.46m, and the budget will be balanced using accumulated reserves.
Photo: Chinook Board Chair Randy Beler and CFO Rod Quintin speak to media about the approved budget for 2014-2015