School district wants public input on its budget

The first opportunity to hear what the district's challenges are reagarding the budget is Thursday

The public is invited as the School District 69 Board of Education hosts a preliminary meeting on the 2016-17 budget Thursday, Feb. 18.

The meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Winchelsea Place Library in Parksville, will follow two meetings for district staff earlier in the day. The session will provide a review of the year to date for 2015-16 and provide a general overview for 2016-17 budget.

“The initial meeting is to articulate where we are at this point, and to identify what we believe to be the challenges for the coming year,” said Rollie Koop, SD69 superintendent.

The funding formula for next school year will be announced by the Ministry of Education in mid-March, after which a detailed budget will begin taking shape, said Koop. There will be additional opportunities for public input as the board deliberates the draft budget in April.

— NEWS Staff

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