It was announced this week by new Premier Scott Moe, School Divisions will receive extra funding in the amount of $7.5 million with extra funding to total $30 million in the 2018/2019 Budget.

Reactions to the news are coming in and Holy Family Separate School Division are pleased.

"Additional funds always are welcomed. Holy Family will be happy to accept more funding from the ministry," explained Gwen Keith, Director of Education, Holy Family Seperate School Division who went on to say their portion is roughly $48,000 for the next four months.

The School Division will be working on a decision in what to do with the extra funding. There are five schools in the school division and the needs will be assessed across the division before decisions are made but Keith did say they want to make sure the process is fair.

"Everybody could use more manpower but we will have to look at a way to use the funds we have been given, in a way that has good impact but at the same time has flexibility as we do our planning next year."

Due to the budget cuts Holy Family School Division had to dip into reserves around $200,000 to pay staff last year.

"It's a challenge as we face next years budget, to be able to address the needs that we have in schools to be able to go forward but certainly the direct impact on students is the key prioity," said Keith and went on to say it's a matter of prioritising staffing in schools and at the system level to be as proactive and productive they can be.

Positions at the school division office were amalgamated as staff either retired or moved elsewhere. None of the staff lost their jobs but there was an increase in responsibilities.

"The Ministry is also promising additional funds for school divsions for next year but we wait to be presented with exactly how that breakdown will take place through the funding formula."

READ MORE: Southeast Cornerstone School Division Looking Forward to Putting New Funding to Work

More Local News

Bitter Winds Sticking Around

After some balmy temperatures and days to start the new year, more traditional Saskatchewan weather has moved in for the third week of January. Cold days and even colder nights with bitter winds is…

Snowplow Safety Important For Everyone

With the lack of snowfall we've seen in the southeast corner of the province, it's easy to forget about the drivers that keep the roads clear and drivers safe. Snowplow operators are often overlooked…

Accident On 13th Ave and King Street

A two-vehicle collision took place early Wednesday morning. "At approximately 7:45 this morning, a two-vehicle collision occurred at the intersection of 13th Avenue and King Street," explained…

The Difference Between Norovirus and Influenza Explained

Norovirus has been identified as the cause of a number of cases of nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting in the province. "Norovirus is a type of virus that affects the intestinal system," explained Doctor…

City's Proposed 2019 Budget Includes No Increase In Taxes Or Utility Rates

The city is planning some ambitious ideas for the proposed 2019 budget, but they won’t be including any higher taxes or utlility increases. The proposed budget was prepared by city administration and…

Pharmacies Running Out Of Flu Vaccine

It’s been a tough flu season in Canada and now some pharmacies in the Estevan area have been running out of the flu vaccine. Jeff Hilderman at the Estevan Pharmasave has seen his pharmacy run out of…

Three Ballots Needed Each for Police Board, Remuneration Board

At City Council's regular meeting Monday night, two boards needed people on it from the public at large - and the results were so close there were multiple ballots needed. It took three votes for…

Building Permits In City Down In 2018

Building permits for 2018 were down significantly from 2017, Estevan city council learned Monday night. The monthly building permit report gave an overview of how many building permits the city…

Festival Of Lights Shone Bright in 2018

The Festival of lights had a great turnout in 2018. They jumped from 11 participants in 2017 to 25 participants this year in 2018 and had an abundance of positive feedback from people driving through… is Estevan's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide