Pembina Trails School Division approves a 2018/19 budget that sets students
and staff up for success
Pembina Trails School Division approves a 2018/19 budget that sets students and staff up for success
After careful consideration and community consultation, our Board of Trustees is pleased to approve a budget for 2018/19 that will serve our 14,000 students well.
“This budget puts our students first,” shared Chair of the Board, Julie Fisher. “Our board has worked diligently to keep dollars in the classroom, while at the same time respecting the province’s recent mandate to cap special requirement increases at two per cent.”
Budget 2018/19 supports our growing community of learners and our ongoing commitment to educational excellence.
At a glance
* Increase in combined operating and capital expenditures – $4.9 million
* Percentage increase in school taxes on the average homeowner – 1.9 per cent
* The Tax Incentive Grant is gradually being phased out by the provincial government over a six year period. Taking this into account, the net increase in provincial funding over 2017/18 is 3.4 per cent
* The increase in provincial funding is primarily due to increased student enrolment.
* Pembina Trails combined operating and capital expenditures - $173 million
* Percentage revenue increase from all sources (excluding property tax) – 4.7 per cent
* The largest source of financial support, apart from school taxes, comes from the Province of Manitoba. The increase from The Funding of Schools Program is 5.3 per cent over the prior year’s budget.
* The majority of increases in expenditures will need to be funded by property taxes.
Impact on taxpayers
The average homeowner with a house valued at $408,222 will see an increase of $42 or $3.50 a month in school taxes.
* Pembina Trails continues to grow. Our division is projecting a growth of 442 students. We are welcoming more newcomers who often require additional supports to reach their full potential. This budget supports the hiring of additional staff.
* We also plan to expand our educational assistant staff to support the growing number of students with special needs in our division.
* We are working toward the creation of an innovative STEM program in partnership with Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology (MITT) and the Information and Communication Technologies Association of Manitoba (ICTAM). The vision is to create a Pembina Trails Early College High (PTECH) where students have the opportunity to connect with industry experts and prepare for technology jobs of the future.
* Literacy continues to be one of our top priorities. We are investing in a new initiative to support our Standards for Success in Literacy by providing current digital technology, such as Surface Pros.
* Pembina Trails is looking to expand Ignite 3, a successful summer learning loss program, in 2018 to include a fourth school.
* We continue to save for costs associated with new schools in the growing communities of Waverley West. We anticipate there will be some expenditures not funded by the province.