School board approves $197-million budget

School District 73 has approved a budget of $197 million for the 2021-2022 school year.

One notable new expense is the permanent addition of day-shift custodial staff who were initially added due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The additional custodial staff will cost the district just over $1 million for the equivalent of 17 full-time workers.

Other new funding will add three vice-principals at Pacific Way elementary, Marion Schilling elementary and Westsyde secondary.

"In this budget, we will see projected increased enrolment and a chance to provide some flexibility to the new leadership. New leadership in the superintendency and in the secretary-treasurer role that will take us into the future starting in the next school year," said district superintendent Terry Sullivan.

A total of 14,879 students are projected for the 2021-2022 school year, an increase of 113 over the current school year, and about 1,000 more students than what the district saw in 2015-2016.

SD73 is also facing changes in its administrative staff this coming year, with a new superintendent in Rhonda Nixon, who begins her term in June, and a new secretary-treasurer, following the retirement of Kelvin Stretch.

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