We would like to commend Rocky View Schools for balancing the 2010/11 budget despite little to no help from the Provincial Government.
RVS staff has managed to avoid major cuts to services at schools, which are already cramped and dilapidated.
A 0.49 per cent reduction in services equates to cuts of approximately $11,000 for the average school, a small price to pay considering a 2.92 per cent increase in teachers’ salaries on top of last year’s unexpected increase of 5.99 per cent.
RVS has masterfully cut administration costs and frozen trustee salaries to keep the blade away from essential services for our children.
However, the 2011/12 budget will be a different story. Because of the Province’s multi-billion dollar deficit, RVS expects little help next year.
If the jurisdiction continues to receive no grant increases, deeper cuts will be unavoidable as the jurisdiction lacks reserves to fall back on.
With children already being taught in closets and in libraries in Airdrie and across the division, it is hard to imagine the negative impact school service cuts will have on our future leaders.
The school board has done what it can and now the Province must step up to the plate to make sure local students get the quality education they require and deserve.