Surplus Budget Proposal – School District

From the School District website:

Opportunity for Input – Proposals to Utilize Unappropriated Surplus to Improve Student Learning and Increase Teacher Capacity

At the May Public Board Meeting, Management and Finance Committee brought forward a proposal to utilize a $650 000. of the $2.9 million unappropriated surplus to improve student learning and increase teacher capacity.

Unappropriated surplus refers to dollars unspent and available for an unspecified purpose at the end of a budget year. Unappropriated surplus dollars is “one time money” which means it is unsustainable (not dollars that renew or refresh each budget year). This money was generated by the funding of the students currently in the school system. The belief is that the benefit of these dollars should go to the students in the system that generated them.

The proposal to utilize $650 000. during the 2012-2013 school year will provide teacher release to facilitate learning teams but will also provide direct teacher and educational assistant support for students and teachers to best meet the needs of students in our classrooms. This is the first year of a three year plan to utilize the unappropriated surplus to maximize learning impact: it is anticipated that these endeavours will pay dividends in building teacher capacity, improving student performance and maintaining or increasing student enrolment. It is intended that at the end of the three year period these initiatives will be self sustaining.

Your feedback for the attached document, Unappropriated Surplus Proposals, is welcomed. Please send your feedback to wdemarsh@sd57.bc.ca by Thursday, June 14, 2012. Your comments will be forwarded to the Management and Finance Committee and Board of Education for School District No. 57 (Prince George).  The proposals to utilize appropriated surplus to improve student learning and increase teacher capacity will be discussed at the June Public Board of Education Meeting.

Thank you in advance for your input.

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