Mental Health Week- May 6-12

Learn and help the stigma around Mental Health.

Find out more

Western School Division (WSD) is projected to receive an additional 4.4 percent from the Provincial Funding of Schools program in comparison to the current 2018/19 fiscal year. This roughly adds up to $474,300.

"There were a couple of things that drove that increase. One was a substantial increase in our student numbers, we had about a 4.6 percent increase in student enrolment," says Secretary-Treasurer Carl Pedersen. He says the equalization funding is the other factor that added to this jump in funding. wsd carlSecretary-Treasurer Carl Pedersen.

"Overall in light of things and in light of the total provincial funding increase, I think we did fairly well."

Most divisions in the region are seeing anywhere from a two percent decrease to 2 percent increase in their funding.

Pedersen adds, "we have a lot of students rolling in the door and so we need those funds to keep teachers in the classroom, and so class sizes don't get out of hand, and so on, and the support people to go along with it. It certainly costs us more to run the division with those extra students in it."

He says while they wait for the new school to be approved, they have to be able to support the students as best as possible, so the funding "gets swallowed up pretty quickly."

In the meantime, the school board is continuing to work on the 2019/20 budget.

"This year we're not doing a budget exhibition, we're doing more of a public budget meeting and showing where we are with the funds, and how your tax dollars are spent, and so on."

The public presentation will take place at 7:00 p.m. on February 27 at the WSD Office in Morden.

More Local News

Spring Cleaning Includes The Medicine Cabinet

Expired medications can be ineffective or potentially dangerous, which is why it's vital to dispose of them correctly. "Once medication expires it either loses its effectiveness, or some medications…

More Daylight Promotes Health

As spring progresses, we're seeing longer days, which means more daylight. The executive director of CMHA Central Region says that's good news for the mental health of all of us. "Physiologically,…

Losses Minimal For Beekeepers After Harsh Winter

A local beekeeper is in eager anticipation of the telltale signs of spring. Currently, Josh Wiebe of Border Hills Honey Ltd. has been moving his hives out of their overwinter shelters, assessing…

Understanding The Importance Of Immunization

What's Your Understanding About Immunization? National Immunization Awareness Week begins this weekend on April 20th and runs until the 27th. Immunize Canada launched the week back in the 90s to keep…

PVCD Part Of First Announced Funded Projects

Forty-one projects will be receiving funding from the $102 million Conservation Trust, with two being from the Pembina Valley Conservation District. The projects include $4,000 for the conservation… is your only local source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide