Board Meeting Highlights May 27, 2014

Board Votes to keep schools open
There will be no change to the number of schools in Wetaskiwin Regional Public Schools after the May 27 meeting at which members of the Wetaskiwin Regional Public Schools Board of Trustees voted to keep Pipestone and Lakedell schools open.

After a thorough and impassioned discussion the Board determined it was in the best interest of students and the communities to continue to deliver educational programming to students at Lakedell and Pipestone schools.  The Board recognizes that this was a very emotional and difficult process for everyone involved.  Trustees know that the closure of a school is never a choice any school board wants to consider. 

The Board consulted widely with parents throughout the school division and looked at many alternatives to enhance the programs and services provided to students.  It will now work diligently with interested stakeholders to try to obtain the requisite funding from the Government to maintain the quality of programs and services delivered to students.

School of Choice and Ineligible Transportation Fees Increased

The Board increased the school of choice and ineligible transportation fees for the 2014-2015 school year.  The fees will be increased to $600.00 per student with a maximum of $1200.00 per family.  ECS fees will be $300.00 per child to a maximum of $600.00 per family.

Approval of City of Wetaskiwin Joint Use Agreement

The Board has approved a joint use agreement between the City of the Wetaskiwin and Wetaskiwin Regional Public Schools.

2014-2015 Budget Approved
The Board of Trustees approved the 2014-2015 Budget which reflects a decrease in enrollment of 55 students and a total annual deficit of $2,184,617. This deficit is a result of a projected annual deficit in Operation & Maintenance of $420,552 and a projected spend down of instructional reserves totaling $1,764,095.

  View: May 27, 2014 Board Meeting Highlights

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