Gateway Gazette

Engagement Opportunity – Budget & Education Plan

Deadline is February 28th

The Alberta Provincial Budget is impacting K-12 education in significant ways. Foothills School Division (FSD) has been working diligently to adapt to our new funding reality while maintaining high quality teaching and learning throughout the Division.  We are experiencing challenging times as we continue to plan for current and future school years.

We are committed to minimizing disruption and impact on the classroom.  We must also be prudent in our spending and be the best stewards of taxpayer dollars.  The Board of Trustees passed the Fall Budget Update at the December 11, 2019 Board Meeting to help offset current budgetary challenges and approved several immediate actions.

We have now turned our attention to preparing for the 2020-2021 school year budget.  Last month we invited all staff to provide input on possible budget solutions.  You can the review the themes generated in this staff consultation as well as the responses we provided to provide additional context.  As an Executive Team, we have considered every recommendation.  

Alberta Education is also undertaking a review of the current funding framework.  As a result, school jurisdictions across the province are taking a cautious approach and anticipating further budgetary changes and possible efficiencies for future years.  We expect continued challenges as we move towards a Provincially mandated balanced budget and adapt to a new funding framework.

We commit to engaging with you, as parents/guardians through this process.  We have launched an assurance engagement plan to gather stakeholder input into our 2020-2021 Budget and Education Plan.

Please take a moment to participate in our Thought Exchange.  This opportunity is open to all students, parents/guardians, staff, and members of the community.  Your input will help establish Foothills School Division funding and 3-year Education Plan priorities.  Please note that this consultation will close on 28 February, 2020.

As you participate it is important to understand:

  • Your thoughts will be shared exactly as you enter them
  • Your thoughts and ratings will be seen by other participants and will be made public
  • You do not need to sign up to participate and your thoughts and ratings are kept anonymous

We promise to keep you informed, listen to and acknowledge your concerns and aspirations, and provide feedback on how input influenced our decisions.  We remain dedicated to achieving our Education Plan goals with a focus on continuing to deliver high quality teaching and learning for each learner in all our schools.

Christopher Fuzessy, Superintendent of Schools, FSD

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