School boards across Saskatchewan were pleasantly surprised when the provincial government announced an immediate $7.5 funding increase, along with an expected $30 million in this year's budget.
"We are very pleased that education is being viewed as a priority and an immediate priority," shared Lynn Little, Director of the Southeast Cornerstone School Division. "In the long-term, the commitment for next year is definitely a positive."
She added that out of the $7.5 million, the Southeast Cornerstone School Division was receive $345,000.
"We'll be sitting down with our team and identifying different opportunities where we can best support students and staff across the system."
"First of all, students services. We'll take a look and see where our students are achieving, where our students might be struggling a little further in depth. So we'll be looking at pieces that are our goal pieces so reading attainment up to grade three and beyond. The early years, preparing and readiness and helping children to be prepared to move into the learning environment whether that be pre-K or our home programming. Taking a look at our ELA services, taking a look at all the different services across the system."
"We also have a new program that will be coming in next year, our student information system. We'll be moving forward with that, so we'll find ways to support staff with that transition."
"There are many different opportunities and we're appreciative of some funding to be able to help."
Even though the 7.5 million and the 30 million expected in this year's budget is welcomed, it doesn't make up for the cuts made in last year's budget.
"When the $30 million when it is disbursed across the province, is still under what was lost from last year. And of course, there's inflationary costs this year. So when those costs are determined and set out, we'll be looking at that. We are continuing to look at places, as a senior leadership team, and with the board, we haven't identified those place yet but we are in the process."
"We're just really appreciative of the fact that we can put some processes in place to support students and staff so we're looking forward to that."