Budget 2017 and Pembina Hills Public Schools

Board chair Jennifer Tuininga shared these initial thoughts about what the 2017 provincial budget, released March 16, means for Pembina Hills Public Schools. The school board will finalize the division’s budget by May 24.

Appreciate government shielding families, students and public education from the brunt of a difficult economy
We appreciate the government – and the minister of education – making students and public education a priority against the backdrop of a very challenging economy. There were no cuts to the base per pupil grants. While this is a hold-the-line budget; because of inflation, the cost of the goods and services we purchase will go up. This coupled with declining student enrolment means our school division will have less money to work with next year.

Break on school fees for parents welcomed
We welcome the government’s announcement to eliminate instructional material fees for parents. For the 2016-17 year these fees were:

  • Kindergarten: $60
  • Grade 1 to 6: $70
  • Grade 7 to 12: $110 to $140 (This varies from school to school)
  • We also offered a family rate of $300

​We thank the government for replacing this lost revenue with a school fee reduction grant. Pembina Hills Public Schools will receive a $406,000 grant.

Next steps  detailed analysis
Our administration will crunch the numbers to see what the budget means specifically for Pembina Hills Public Schools. We will finalize a budget by May 24, 2017. We will share this budget with our schools and community. We are responsible for investing these tax dollars in support of student learning and public education.

Published March 27, 2017