The South East Cornerstone Public School Division's board of directors ratified a $126.3 million budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year during the board's monthly meeting on June 19.
The budget includes total revenues of $113.1 million, operating expenditures of $104 million, capital expenditures of $22.3 million, and a full-time equivalent of 1,114.93 staff.
The budget also supports priority areas of mathematics, early learning and graduation rates, and continues to direct planning and resources to support equal opportunities for all students in the division.
The board will continue to engage internal and external stakeholders, and support provincial initiatives such as the action plan to address bullying and cyberbullying, and the lean philosophy of continued improvement.
Other budget highlights include: a new pre-Kindergarten program in Carnduff; a relocatable classroom addition at Assiniboia Park Elementary School in Weyburn, and the continued renovation of the Weyburn Comprehensive School.
The budget will now be submitted to the Ministry of Education for their approval.
Other highlights from the meeting were:
*The board received the annual monitoring report on System Goal No. 4, which states the division will systematically build, strengthen and maintain two-way communication with internal and external stakeholders.
The report gave an overview of informational pieces and promotional materials created and disseminated during the past year, including marketing and advertising, division reports and publications, board meeting highlights and division newsletters.
It also reported on the director of education’s school visits, records management and access to information.
The report examined websites for communicating various decisions of the board, including attendance boundary reviews; positive behavioural intervention and supports; coverage of school events; work with Ministry of Education communications committees; school community council communications; the director of education’s blog; news articles; media releases; interviews; social media; and the division’s website.
Communications challenges, future plans and ongoing efforts were also included.
*The board approved the sale of the Midale teacherage, which is located on College Avenue in Midale.
*Devin Ginnis' appeal for the transportation of his children to Estevan's Sacred Heart School, which is part of the Holy Family Roman Catholic Separate School Division, was denied.
*The school division’s three-year preventative maintenance and renewal plan for 2015-16 to 2017-18 was approved by the board. It will be submitted to the Ministry of Education.
*The quarterly financial report was presented by manager of finance Marilyn Yurkiw. This report reflected revenue and expenses through May 31. As of that date, the statement of operations indicated more than $37.8 million in revenues, while expenses incurred up to this period of time were about $77.3 million. Current year-to-date expenditures equate to 75 per cent of the budget, indicating that the division is on track financially for the 2013-14 fiscal year. The report also included a projection for the remainder of the year. Total revenues for the 2013-14 are projected to be about half a per cent higher than initially anticipated, while expenses are projected to be under budget by 1.41 per cent.
*The next meeting will be August 21.