Pembina Trails School Division Board of Trustees has finalized a budget that supports more than 15,500 students living in southwest Winnipeg. Creating a financial road map, during a year when public school boards across Manitoba have faced tough decisions, was challenging.
“We are attentive to the many voices and stakeholders in our community. We heard clearly that upholding our core purposes and front line services should continue to be our top priority,” shared chair of the board, Jaime Glenat.
Our board is mindful of the impact on families and taxpayers. This budget means a 1.0 per cent increase on the property tax levy or $22 dollars a year for the average homeowner with a house valued at $436,889. This increase is necessary, as each year we welcome roughly a population of 500 additional students, making Pembina Trails the fastest growing school division in Winnipeg.
“Despite our growth, revenue from all sources, except property taxes, remains the same as
the past year. We take pride in being efficient. We also recognize that some reorganization was needed to create a leaner budget that meets the provincial special requirement increase cap of 2 per cent and the mandated reduction in overall management by at least 15 per cent,” said superintendent/CEO, Ted Fransen.
To balance the budget, some positions have been restructured. A number of teachers, who were working in roles such as consultants, will be moving back into our classrooms. These cost saving measures allow us to maintain current class sizes and programming in our 35 schools.
In order to reduce our expenditures, Pembina Trails is also putting certain building maintenance and ongoing improvement projects on hold and moving centralized reading recovery teacher training outside of the division. We are also no longer moving forward with funding the Pembina Trails Voices, choral program.
“We would like to thank Pembina Trails Voices for the many years of music and memories. Your performances have always been a source of pride for the division. We wish its board the very best as it navigates a path forward,” said Glenat.
A closer look at the numbers
- Increase in combined operating and capital expenditures $2,115,563 or 1.2 per cent
- Percentage increase in school taxes on the average homeowner – 1.0 per cent or $22
- Projected percentage increase from the Provincial Funding of Schools Program – 1.2 per cent
- Draft budget combined operating and capital expenditures - $180,645,999
- Percentage revenue increase from all sources (excluding property tax) –This amount is projected to be unchanged from last year, despite an increase in enrolment.
The largest source of financial support, apart from school taxes, comes from the province.
Projected impact on taxpayers
The average homeowner with a house valued at $436,889 would see an increase of $22 or $1.83 a month in school taxes.
A look at some of the operation and administrative reductions
- Eliminating one assistant superintendent
- Eliminating one executive assistant
- Reorganizing the number of non-classroom based teaching positions
- Placing a number of building maintenance and ongoing improvement projects on hold
- Ending support to Pembina Trails Voices
- Pembina Trails continues to grow faster than any other school Division in Winnipeg. We are projecting 500 new students in 2020/21. This means we will need to add roughly 15 teachers. This budget provides support for enough classroom teachers to maintain current class size ratios.
- Expanding the STEM program to three additional middle years schools helps support our strategy to encourage careers of the future.
- Growing our Indigenous teacher network to include an additional Indigenous student success teacher and continuing working with our Indigenous scholar in residence.
Here is a list of our frame budgets:
2020/21 Frame Budget
2019/20 Frame Budget
2018/19 Frame Budget