WSD 2014-2015 Budget
The WSD is currently working on its Budget for the 2014-2015 school year. It released a number of budget related documents which provided the following highlights. I have spoken to the Division about these items and have included their responses.
The WSD is proposing a tax increase of 3.6 %
The total budget is estimated at $374 million. The dollar amount reflects a 2.5 % increase over the previous year’s budget.
The draft budget includes the following additions:
- Resources to improve Math Learning ($241,000)
The WSD will be hiring eight EA’s who will support “Math Learning” in grades 1 & 2 for six week blocks of time. The EA’s will move from school to school and be working under the direction of classroom teachers.
- Additional supports for Science Labs ($140,000)
The WSD will be hiring three full-time lab assistants who will be shared among the high schools.
- A pilot in four schools ($225,000) for a full-time Nursery/Kindergarten program
The program is being initiated by the Trustees and will see only four full-day Kindergarten classrooms created. The specific details for this program have yet to be determined at the Divisional level.
Reserve Funding Expenditures:
- Wi-Fi Technology and Improvements in high schools to enhance student learning ($1.2 Million)
The funds will be used to provide additional supports across a number of high schools in the WSD.
- Installation of additional security systems in schools to improve safety ($300,000)
The WSD will be providing camera systems for ten schools.
The budget will be finalized in the near future. Once this has occurred, the WTA will be looking for further clarification about the specific items outlined above.
WSD and IEP’s
The WTA office has received a number of questions regarding the use of IEP’s in the Division. The information below has been provided in response to the questions asked by the WTA of the WSD.
- Grades 1-8: If the student is in a “regular program” and your report card has already indicated strengths, challenges and next steps for a particular subject area, this can be copied and pasted into the IEP. No further comment is required by the WSD.
- Grades 9-12: If the student is in the “regular program” and appears to be functioning one year below grade level in a subject area, “the WSD is not mandating” an IEP be written for that student.
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