Investing in the Pembina Trails Community of Learners
Draft 2016/17 Budget
February 12, 2016
The Pembina Trails Board of Trustees has approved a Draft 2016/17 Budget that supports the Division’s ongoing commitment to educational excellence. In its work the Board carefully balances the financial needs of the Division with the impact on taxpayers. School taxes within Pembina Trails School Division will likely remain the lowest in Winnipeg despite a modest increase this year.
Please remember that this is the Draft 2016/17 Budget. The Draft Budget is not the final budget.
At a glance
- Draft budget expenditures - $164 million
- Increase in expenditures - $5.7 million (3.6 per cent)
- The largest source of financial support--apart from school taxes--comes from the Province of Manitoba. However, there will be no increase in funding to Pembina Trails from the Province this year.
- Consequently, nearly all increases in expenditures will need to be funded by increased school taxes.
Projected impact on taxpayers
The average homeowner with a house valued at $398,444 would see a $100 increase in school taxes or 4.8 per cent.
Proposed spending increases
- Pembina Trails is growing. The Division is estimating 344 additional students in September 2016. Additional teachers are needed.
- Construction of the École South Pointe School is well underway. There are significant costs to establishing a new school. These include teaching and non-teaching staff (caretaking, secretarial, adult crossing guards), and related expenses.
- Pembina Trails continues to add space and hire teachers to meet the province’s requirements related to the 20K3 initiative. The objective of this initiative is to cap enrolment at 20 students per K-3 classroom by 2017.
- Transportation costs are increasing as many students from new communities need busing.
- Approximately 85 per cent of the Division’s ongoing costs are for teachers and staffing. The Board of Trustees believes hiring and maintaining high quality teachers and staff is a priority and an excellent investment.
- Student safety is a priority. For example, the Division is moving ahead on building enhancements that improve fire safety.
Feedback and comments
Pembina Trails School Division invites feedback and comments. They can be sent by email. Anyone wanting to appear as a delegation, in person, at the Regular Board meeting to be held on Thursday, February 25 is asked to contact Emily Vickers by February 18, 2016.