Date: Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Port Hawkesbury, NS:—The Strait Regional School Board approved their budget for 2017-2018 during its Regular Board Meeting held on Wednesday, December 6, 2017.
The Strait Regional School Board continues to benefit significantly from a number of provincially targeted funding initiatives implemented by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. Specifically, the Board has seen an increase primarily in the following areas:
- Class size cap for Grades Primary to 6;
- Literacy Strategy - 3 Reading Recovery positions; and
- Mathematics Strategy - 3 Math Intervention positions (2 at Grade 1/2 level and 1 at the Grade 7/8 level).
In addition, the School Board received provincial funding to establish Pre-Primary Programs at eight (8) schools in the Strait Region. The School Board also added five (5) new Teacher Assistant positions.
On April 28, 2017, the Council to Improve Classroom Conditions announced the allocation of funds to implement a province-wide class cap for junior high/middle school and high schools; to hire additional teachers for a junior high/middle school pilot project to support math and literacy in classrooms that have high numbers of students with special needs; and to create a pilot project to provide $50,000 grants to priority schools with the most complex classrooms. The Strait Regional School Board received the following supports:
- Class size cap (Junior High/High School) - 4 new teaching positions
- Math and Literacy support for Junior High Schools – 4 new teaching positions
- Priority School Grants – 2 schools
This additional funding has allowed the Board to implement programming that it otherwise would not have been able to do without this support from both the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and the Council to Improve Classroom Conditions.
As part of the School Board’s annual budgeting process, all areas of spending are reviewed to ensure the strategic use of all resources and to ensure that the best financial decisions are made.
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For more information, Please Contact: 1-800-650-4448
Ford Rice, Superintendent of Schools, 902-625-7065;
Jamie Samson, Chair, 902-870-3986;
Deanna Gillis, Coordinator of Communications, 902-625-7093; email@example.com