TRURO - The annual Chignecto-Central Regional School Board budget will be released next week.
Valerie Gauthier, director of the school board's financial services, said it's too early to assume what the final figure will be, but expects
expenditures will be higher "due to increased costs in a number of areas."
Some of the priority issues that will probably form the budget include literacy and math mentoring, technology supplies, educational assistants,
deferred maintenance and intensive short term literacy interventions, to name only a few.
Gauthier said last year's balanced budget was $194 million. One aspect of it was a one-time funding allotment of $225,000 for educational assistants
(EAs). Although not officially decided upon yet, it is possible the EA budget could be $150,000 in the new budget.
If that figure is voted upon, it would mean "less EA hours but probably no reduction of EA positions," said Gauthier.
Noel Hurley, the board's superintendent, added CCRSB will discuss the possibly of creating alternate schools. Such schools are designed for
children who are out of school due to suspension or behaviour reasons.
"It's a high needs (program). We do have suspension support teachers now," said Hurley, but more attention may be brought to the program if the board
feels it's required.
If so, Hurley anticipates $50,000 could be budgeted to do a study into the need for alternate schools and potentially setting up a pilot program.
Hurley said if a pilot project begins, he believes it would accommodate about 20 students.