School board nixes some changes in light of new funding

Clearview School Board trustees elected to nix some of the changes it had made in anticipation of a smaller PC budget before the election.

Clearview School Board trustees elected to nix some of the changes it had made in anticipation of a smaller PC budget before the election, restoring some of the cut services that had been trimmed in order to make the tight numbers provided by the former government.

Even with the increased funding under the newly elected NDP government, the board chose to keep some of the cost-cutting measures in place, like reduced trustee meetings, organization memberships, and travel; administration cuts and non-school based instructional support cuts.

The school board had floated the idea of a reduced-days calendar for the coming school year, but has now chosen to return to the original calendar, similar to what was used in this school year.

Proposed changes to transportation, including transportation fees and the cancellation of double-runs to Big Valley (in the morning only) and the reduction of some bus routes in Brownfield, Byemoor and Stettler due to low ridership, will still be implemented in the new year.

Now, Clearview’s budget staff is waiting on each school to submit the school’s budget, which is due on June 12, before the board can finalize staffing, but the division noted that teaching staff assignments will be based on “the best fit and needs for schools.”

The next school board meeting is 10 a.m. on June 11 in the boardroom in Stettler.