Cowichan school budget season coming

If you’re one of those folks who loves to keep track of how the school district is spending its money, it’s time to get out your calendars.

If you’re one of those folks who loves to keep track of how the school district is spending its money, it’s time to get out your calendars.

On Wednesday, March 15, secretary-treasurer Jason Sandquist will receive the funding announcement from the Ministry of Education, which kicks off budget season at the school district.

The school board’s education and business committee will conduct its first review of the funding at its meeting Tuesday, March 28 and on Thursday, March 30, an online survey will begin in school newsletters and on the district website.

From April 3-7, trustees will meet with their partner groups.

The school board will review the funding announcement in public at their regular meeting on April 4, preparing for the closing date for the survey of April 9.

Then, a special board of education and business committee meeting will see a review of funding and options.

By April 18, the advisory committee gets to comment on its perspectives.

Finally, on Tuesday, April 18, there’s an opportunity for the public to speak about their ideas on the budget. The next day, a special board of education and business committee meeting will review that feedback, look at the options again and give its instructions about drafting the budget.

Trustees will meet April 25 to review the draft budget, amend as necessary and recommend the budget to the board.

On Tuesday, April 27, at a special board meeting, the budget bylaw will get first and second readings.

On May 2, at the regular board meeting, trustees will adopt the budget bylaw.

lexi.bainas@cowichanvalleycitizen.com

Cowichan Valley Citizen