Clearview school board grapples with operational budget shortfall

Board continues to use reserves

Clearview School Division continues to dip into reserves for its operating budget.

Since August 2010, the division’s reserves have decreased by 3.6 million, or 73 per cent. There was $4.9 million in reserves. In 2017 there’s only projected to be about $1.3 million left in reserves.

“As projected, at the end of 2018-19 the ability to continue with the current operating model may be challenged due to lack of resources,” said Superintendent Peter Barron in a memo to the board May 10.

“Non-controllable expenditures have continued and are providing financial stress to the system, compounded by lower funding increases and funding uncertainties.”

Clearview School Division’s enrolments for Sept. 30, 2018, are expected to remain consistent at 2,360 students; In September 2017 the enrolment was 2,341.

Barron said the division is committed to doing their best to continue their work.

“Student success is our first priority.”

Total dollars allocated to schools is projected to be $19.8 million (2016-17: $19.9 million): $9.6 million to schools within the Town of Stettler, or 48 per cent).

The board is expected to approve its budget on May 24.

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