2024/25 Budget ConsultationFebruary 22, 2024 Announcement, News Story
The Winnipeg School Division Board of Trustees is now working on WSD’s 2024/25 budget.
The Board develops the budget based on consultations with our school communities.
What you said
Improve student success
- Smaller class sizes
- Improved classroom instruction
- Greater academic engagement
- Increase attendance and higher graduation rates
- Better maths and literacy achievement
- More learning support teachers in schools
Create “Sticky” schools
- Universal nutrition program
- Phase-in no-fee lunch supervision
- Replace three school playgrounds annually
- Build powerful neighbourhood schools
- Enhance school safety
- Improve settlement services for newcomers and expand adult EAL to the Shaughnessy Park area
- Develop RB Russell Career Lab
The province’s education funding announcement of a 1% increase ($2.6 million) to WSD does not cover the increased costs the division is experiencing, which include:
- Salary contract settlements
- Service agreement inflation
- Current programs and resources inflation
As a first step, the division has identified almost $4 million in administrative savings for the 2024/25 budget.
To meet the needs of our school communities, additional revenue is needed. A possible 3.4% increase to the property education tax, keeping in line with the rate of inflation, would mean WSD can:
- Maintain current programs and services
- Provide for fully funded nutrition and food programs
- Provide $2.4 million allocation toward budget priorities as communicated by you
*Property education tax levy proposal 3.4% or $51 per average household (2024 average value of home in WSD $246,700). A rebate committed by the province will reduce the net amount
Alternatively, a 3% property education tax increase would allow for a budget that maintains current programs and services and a fully funded nutrition program, but would reduce allocations toward budget priorities brought forth by our school communities.
The Board of Trustees is hosting a budget consultation open to the public on February 26 at 7 p.m. at Tec Voc High School.
Input on the draft budget can be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, in writing to 1577 Wall Street East, Winnipeg, MB R3E 2S5 or by registering at 204-775-0231 no later than February 22 to appear in person.