The Quesnel Board of Education will have a balanced budget next year, set at just over $42 million.
The budget set out a surplus of $60,000 before requests, but the board approved investing an additional $641,572, which will be covered by accumulated surplus funds.
The board held a public meeting on how to spend those dollars, and talked with stakeholders.
“The Board solicited feedback and ideas from our Partner Groups, the Quesnel District Teachers Association, CUPE 4990, and the Quesnel Principals and Vice Principals Association, on how best to invest these dollars for the upcoming year,” a news release reads.
The investments include $240,000 for additional education assistants, $65,000 for curriculum support and early learning counselling, $50,000 for their contribution to a new school, $208,000 for vice-principal time at two schools, $27,000 for administrative staff adjustments and $50,000 COVID-19 expenses.
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