SD8’s Board of Education Adopts a $71 million Budget for 2020-2021

School District 8’s Board of Education adopted the 2020-2021 Annual Budget Bylaw on April 28, 2020 in the amount of $71,113,093.  The budget is balanced, is overall 0.5% higher than the amended budget for the current school year, and it includes increases in spending for diverse learners, student transportation and for facilities improvements.

“The new budget continues our work towards the Board’s strategic goals and improving student achievement results,” says Dr. Christine Perkins, School District 8’s Superintendent. “We are moving forward on our plans to continue delivering innovative and effective educational services, despite the additional challenges posed by COVID-19.”

The District ran a robust, if mainly online internal and public consultative process, holding dozens of zoom consultation meetings and using online surveys to obtain feedback from stakeholders, partner groups, students and families.

“We were pleased with the advance budget planning and consultation that was accomplished, despite the limitation of in-person meetings”, said Board Chair Lenora Trenaman. “In fact, some of the online communication and survey tools were quite effective and we will likely continue to use them again in the future, even when there is a return to normal.”

Total projected revenues were able to increase despite significant changes in Ministry of Education funding priorities. “Next year there is no longer an envelope for REEF Funding (Rural Education Enhancement Funding), but the District was a major beneficiary of an increase in the Small Community Supplement within the Unique Geographic funding, and we are grateful to have a stable and supportive funding partner in the Ministry of Education”, said Secretary-Treasurer Michael McLellan.

As for new Capital Spending, the Board of School District 8 will be proceeding with the following projects in 2020-2021, totaling $2,729,306:

Annual Facilities Grant - Capital Portion - $1,094,762

Carbon Neutral Capital Program (CNCP) Mount Sentinel HVAC - $244,000

School Enhancement Program (SEP) South Nelson Mechanical Upgrades - $800,000

School Enhancement Program (SEP ) Trafalgar Electrical Upgrades - $400,000

Bus Acquisition Program (BUS) New School Bus - $140,544


For more information;

Michael McLellan, CFA

Secretary-Treasurer & CFO

About The Board of Education of School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake):

The Board of Education of School District No. 8 provides educational services to numerous diverse communities in the East & West Kootenays, including Crawford Bay, Creston, Kaslo, Meadow Creek, Nelson, Salmo, Slocan, South Slocan, Winlaw, Wynndel and Yahk. Its dedicated team focuses on providing the best possible educational opportunities for over 5,000 students and their families. Its mission is to focus on excellence for all learners in a nurturing environment.