Winnipeg School Division passes
budget for 2017/2018
March 13, 2017 (Winnipeg, MB)
– The Winnipeg School Division (WSD) Board of Trustees has approved a final
budget for the 2017/2018 school year. Taxpayers within WSD boundaries will see
an average 3.89 percent increase, or $52 a year, on their property taxes based
on an average residential home valued at $203,900. As of today, this is the
second lowest dollar value increase among Winnipeg urban school divisions.
The final budget approved by the Board of Trustees includes expenditures
of $406,594,200 for the fiscal period July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018.
Instructional expenditures account for 81 percent of the total budget.
“The WSD Board of Trustees consults extensively
with our constituents, more than any other level of government, in our
commitment to meet the unique needs of our community,” said WSD Board of
Trustees Chair Sherri Rollins. “The result is a collaborative budget that meets
the education and support needs of Winnipeg School Division students while
limiting the potential impact of increased property tax on home owners.”
Popular programs, although not Provincially funded, will remain in place
for the coming year. These include programs and services such as Nursery,
Library Technical Assistants, School Resource Officers, Adult Crossing Guards,
Summer School, Off Campus Programs, Nutrition, and Therapy Services to support
students. While these programs have become part of the standard of education
in WSD, the division is not required to provide them under the provisions of
the Public Schools Act. The total cost to taxpayers for these community
programs is $13,032,850.
The Board has approved $1,012,000 in cost savings to
achieve a balanced budget without impacting programming for students. These
include $473,400 in transportation; $151,200 in divisional operations and
administration; and $387,400 in regular instruction. In addition, the Board has
approved raising fees on permits, bringing them in line with other divisions in
Winnipeg, for use of WSD facilities for an increase in revenue of $250,000.
“The number of students diagnosed with Autism who are entering Winnipeg
School Division is continuing to rise,” said Trustee Rollins. “To support these
students, staff and families, we are pleased to allocate $350,000 for an Autism
early intervention team and Autism assistive technology.” The Board has also
approved $119,500 for an Arts equity adjustment.
WSD operates with one of the leanest administration
teams in the Province, while providing direction, support and service to the
largest school divisions. WSD
administrative costs are second lowest by cost per pupil among all school
divisions, equaling 2.7 percent of total spending, well below the 3.5 percent
mandated limit for all large urban school divisions in the province.
“WSD reviews all of its programs and services on an annual basis as part
of its fiscal responsibility to manage tax dollars while continuing to deliver
programs that improve student success,” said WSD Finance Committee Chair Chris
Broughton. “Over the past ten years, WSD has achieved cost savings in areas
such as heating and electrical costs, water usage, reducing paper and
reorganizing the leadership team.”
was established in 1871 and currently has 78 schools, 33,000 students and 6,000
employees. Its purpose is to provide a learning environment that fosters the
growth of each student’s potential and provide equitable opportunity to develop
the knowledge, skills and values necessary for meaningful participation in a
global and diverse society.