School District – SD20 budget set for third reading

The board will read the budget bylaw for the third time on Friday in an opening meeting at 6 p.m. at the Trail Middle School.

School District 20 (SD20) is ready to start operationalizing its 2013/14 budget.

The board will read the budget bylaw for the third time on Friday in an opening meeting at 6 p.m. at the Trail Middle School.

“The board accepted the recommendation made by the committee of the whole and are busy trying to work toward implementing its changes,” said Natalie Verigin, secretary treasurer for the district.

On Monday, at Blueberry Creek School, the budget bylaw did receive its second reading, but not before a motion was passed to accept recommendation from the Committee of the Whole in regards to balancing the operating budget, said Verigin.

She explained that the first reading of the bylaw was rescinded because the “amount” had changed due to the recommendation.

The reason the amount had changed was that fewer cuts to the expense line items were required due to allocation of new revenues and added surplus, said Verigin.

“Then the board read this new bylaw for the first and second time.”

The staffing process, which begins  every spring post budget bylaw, will begin on Monday.

Verigin said that the Human Resources department begins the process of arranging the September staffing and implements the changes as they relate to the budget, such as retirements, transfer requests and changes that need to be considered  related to the leaving of Grade 12 students and the new “Ks” expected in the fall.

“We like to have plenty of time so the dust is all settled as early as possible and everyone can have their summer vacation, knowing what they are doing and where they are going in September.”