Board ap­proves $229M bud­get, with rare sur­plus

Times Colonist - - The Capital -

The Greater Vic­to­ria school board has ap­proved a $229-mil­lion over­all bud­get for 2017-18 that in­cludes a rare sur­plus.

Board mem­bers had been con­cerned about hav­ing a dif­fi­cult time with the bud­get, but a low­erthan-ex­pected struc­tural or on­go­ing deficit was more than cov­ered by funds put aside to off­set it — leav­ing a sur­plus of $1.4 mil­lion.

The sur­plus is not con­nected to the dis­trict’s $155-mil­lion fa­cil­i­ties main­te­nance deficit, which in­cludes child-care pro­grams.

The board has not de­cided how to al­lo­cate the sur­plus but is con­sid­er­ing op­tions, in­clud­ing the fol­low­ing: • Up to $500,000 to put to­ward the 2018-19 deficit an­tic­i­pated to be from $4.1 mil­lion to $4.6 mil­lion. • Up to $400,000 for shop ar­eas, in­clud­ing up­grades to safety and ven­ti­la­tion. • $400,000 to help teach­ers with im­ple­ment­ing in­creased use of de­vices such as iPads and Chrome­books.

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