Morden’s Multicultural Winterfest Is Coming

Morden’s Multicultural Winterfest is Saturday, Feb 16, 12:30-4:30 p.m. at... Details Here

Administrators with Border Land School Division (BLSD) are crunching the numbers after learning the division will see a 2 percent decrease in provincial support for 2019/20.

According to Manitoba Education, the reduced funding is due to a change in the Formula Guarantee for the school division.

As BLSD Secretary-Treasurer Rachel Geirnart explained, increased enrolment in the division translated into $768,000 less from the Formula Guarantee. However, these added student numbers also mean more base and equalization funding, ultimately cutting the shortfall down to $348,000. blsd rachelRachel Geirnart

A list of 2019/20 divisional expenses had already been calculated, and following Thursday's provincial public schools funding announcement, Geirnart says her team is revisiting that list and determining what kind of adjustments need to be made.

"We look at keeping our cost increases to a minimum but there's always cost of supplies, products, (and) services that increase, but we also need to meet the needs of our students and those are ever-changing," she explained.

While the province is relying on The Public Services Sustainability Act (Bill 28) to help relieve financial pressure on school divisions and control salary costs, Geirnart says BLSD will continue to experience salary increases as employees make their way up the salary grid.

Geirnart admits local tax dollars could help to make up some of the difference, but notes the board doesn't want to spend money for the sake of spending money. She added the division also needs to consider the provincial directive to keep increases to the Special Requirement to a maximum 2 percent.

Overall, Geirnart says she is pleased the province made the funding announcement 2 weeks earlier than last year, relieving pressure on school divisions to hastily put a budget together before the deadline.

Geirnart will present a draft budget to the BLSD Board of Trustees on February 20. The document will then be presented to the public at a pair of consultation meetings scheduled for February 26 in Vita and February 27 in Altona. The budget will then come back to the board for approval in March before finally being sent off to Manitoba Education for final approval in April.

More Local News

Modern Roof Trusses Built To Carry Heavy Snow Weight

If you're concerned about the weight of snow on your rooftop, you can save yourself the worry. Myron Derksen, the chief building inspector for the MSTW Planning District, says modern roof trusses are…

Morden Police Encourage Reporting Of Suspicious Activities

"We always encourage people to call; no call is too trivial. We'd rather show up and find out it's nothing than find out after that something did occur, and somebody could have called to prevent it."…

Romance Scams Cost Canadians Millions

RCMP report Canadians were scammed out of $22.5-million through the Romance Scams in 2018. That's only what has been reported to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre. Of that total, over $812,000 was lost…

Province To Review Youth Justice System

When 60 percent of youth in correction facilities also involved in CFS, Justice Minister Cliff Cullen says it's time to create a more comprehensive approach. The provincial government is undertaking…

Multicultural Winterfest Returning To Morden For 11th Year

After 10 successful years of sharing the variety of cultures in the Pembina Valley, the Multicultural Winterfest is coming back for the 11th year this Saturday. One of the organizers, Jewel White,…

Local Businesses Warned Of Phone Hack

A number of local companies are dealing with the fallout of having their phone systems hacked. Solutions IT's Wes Ens explains a number of businesses have reported their phone system being hacked and…

School Looking Into Social Media Post Insulting Prime Minister

A local teacher came under fire Thursday after posing with a politician and holding sign with a disparaging message regarding Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The post has since been deleted from the…

Buhler Active Living Centre Celebrates Valentines By Supporting Katie Cares

This Valentine's Day Buhler Active Living Centre (BALC) spread the love, approaching Katie Cares to be the recipient of their February fundraiser. The evening filled with delightful food and music by…

UPDATE - Tactical Team Spotted In Altona Friday Morning

There is nothing to report after members of the Regional Support Tactical Team were spotted in Altona Friday morning. Altona Police Chief Perry Batchelor says the incident, at an apartment complex…

New Director Of Community Services Named In Winkler

The City of Winkler is welcoming its new Director of Community Services, Jody Penner. "I'm very excited... I see the city of Winkler as a strong, growing community... certainly in the area of…

PembinaValleyOnline.com is your only local source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Login