P.G. School Board Passes 2017-2018 Budget
Prince George, B.C. – The Prince George school board adopted its annual budget bylaw at tonight’s public monthly board meeting.
This year the total (balanced) budget came in at $158,368,000 with an operating budget of $132,590,000, $17,670,000 in special purpose fund expenses, and $8,000,000 in capital fund expenses.
Over 70 per cent of the operating budget is made up with school allocation funds which are given to individual schools to so that principals can make budget decisions at the school level.
A further five per cent went to facility services, 3.5 per cent for custodial services, 3.5 per cent for bussing, 3.5 per cent for the district’s Aboriginal Education Department, and two per cent to cover utilities.
Board chair Tim Bennett said the biggest challenge was compliance with the language restored to the teachers’ collective agreement by the Supreme Court of Canada last year.
But he also acknowledged the budget process wasn’t quite as challenging as in years past.
“For the first year in many years we’re not having to use prior years’ surplus to balance the budget.”
He said the budget provides for all existing district programs and services to be maintained and noted the budget provides for the staffing and resources to re-open Springwood Elementary School this September.