June 29, 2018 – For Immediate ReleaseHumboldt, SK
– Horizon School Division's Board of Education has passed a motion to submit its 2018-19 school year budget for approval to the Ministry of Education. This budget distributes $84.4M in revenue to support educational programs and services for approximately 6500 students across 42 schools, ensuring Horizon remains focused on supporting the needs of students, staff, and families. Notably, the 2018-19 school year will be the first year of operations following the voluntary amalgamation of Englefeld Protestant Separate School Division.
Despite a challenging budget, with a modest 1% increase in revenues, Horizon School Division will see no layoffs for school-based instructional staff. Horizon students will continue to benefit from one of the lowest pupil-teacher ratios in Saskatchewan. Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten programs have been sustained across the system, reflecting a continued focus and investment in early years education.
Horizon's administration budget is down 4%. Efficiencies realized through the completed construction of a centralized administration facility will result in cost savings that can be annually reinvested directly into classrooms. The provincial capital grant funding included an increase of $260,000 for preventative maintenance and renewal (PMR). Horizon's total PMR funding of $2M will be used to directly enhance the condition of existing school facilities.
"We have a responsibility to ensure that Horizon School Division continues to provide quality programs and services for many years to come," said Jim Hack, Horizon Board of Education Chair. "In spite of a challenging budget year and some difficult decisions, this budget maintains the course set by our strategic plan."
Horizon's 2018-19 operating budget results in a $1.1M deficit. Once adjusted for non-cash expenditures and planned capital investments of $3.5M, Horizon's cash budget is a negative $1M, relating to the amount being invested from internally restricted surplus towards the completion of Horizon's administration facility.
"I want to thank our Board for their ongoing commitment to Horizon's goals through this year's budget," said Horizon School Division Director of Education, Kevin C. Garinger. "Although there were many challenges in this year's budget requiring some difficult decisions, I am confident that the work of Horizon's staff and trustees keeps our focus where it matters most – supporting students, staff, and families."
Horizon's budget is the result of extensive collaboration with each of its schools and service departments, seeking to continuously align initiatives with the strategic direction set by the Board of Education. Horizon remains focused on the three pillars of its strategic plan: literacy, assessment, and providing safe and caring learning environments for all students and staff.Horizon School Division 2018-19 Budget at a Glance.pdf
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