CALGARY- Parents are getting a better idea of how much public school fees could go up, as the Calgary Board of Education (CBE) struggles with a funding shortfall.
At a budget meeting on Friday, the proposed 2014-15 operating budget was unveiled, which would see another $28.9 million go directly to schools, resulting in the addition of nearly 200 full time staff members. School support funding would increase by $17.2 million.
However, the CBE is facing increased costs for salaries and benefit increases. As a result, they’ve decided to pass additional costs onto parents.
“While we know increasing fees may pose a hardship on families, we believe it is the right choice in a difficult budget year,” said Brad Grundy, CFO of the CBE, in a statement. “It’s important to know that no student will be denied access to an education due to the inability to pay fees, because the CBE has a comprehensive waiver program to support families who are experiencing financial difficulties.”
If the plan is approved, parents could soon see increases for instructional supplies and materials, transportation and noon supervision.
- Kindergarten: $15 (unchanged)
- Grades 1-6: $30 (unchanged)
- Grades 7-9: $137
- Grades 10-12: $152
- Kindergarten: $330
- Grades 1-9: $330
Noon supervision fees
- Four day: $250
- Four/five day: $270
- Five day: $280
The budget will go before the board of trustees on May 6, and would see final approval on May 20.
History of student fees: