An amended budget bylaw for School District 69 sees an increase to the overall budget to $57,010,198 total. — File Photo

Qualicum school district’s annual budget sees $1.86M boost

Amended 2018-19 budget passes with government grants making up majority of increase

School District 69 (Qualicum)’s budget saw an increase by about $1.86 million, with an amended annual budget bylaw showing an increase to $57,010,198.

The amended bylaw (which passed all three readings during a school board meeting on Jan. 22) saw an increase from $55,155,040 in the budget bylaw passed in spring of last year.

The majority of the difference comes from Ministry of Education grants, said SD69’s secretary/treasurer Ron Amos.

“Our increase in enrolment resulted in an increase in the operating grant of $133,793 and the classroom enhancement fund was finalized with an increase of about $320,000 over last year,” he noted in an email to The NEWS.

Amos added that a decision to dip into the district’s operating surplus to the tune of $292,618 before the start of the school year allowed for the district to fill its expected staffing needs.

The amended budget bylaw shows that, of the $57,010,198 budget total, about $18 million will go towards teacher salaries, $2.98 million for principal and vice principal salaries, $3.59 million for educational assistants and $4.8 million for support staff.

To see the amended bylaw in full, go to www.sd69.bc.ca/Board/BoardMeetingAgendasMinutes/Pages/default.aspx and click on the 2019-01-22 Regular Board Meeting under the 2018-2019 tab.

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