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HRCE Budget Update

May 9, 2019

Families:

It’s hard to believe, but we are in the final stretch of the 2018-19 school year! At this time of year, system leaders are actively planning for the year ahead.

There have been concerns raised in the past week about whether there will be sufficient supports in place for students next year, specifically in the areas of literacy support, Guidance Counsellors and the Options and Opportunities (O2) program. Let me assure you there will be. We are working through our budget and staffing processes. Each and every decision we are making is done with great care, and always with student achievement and well-being at the forefront.

As we developed our priorities to allocate resources for 2019-20, we consulted with our school principals – those who live and breathe these decisions at the school-level – several times throughout this school year. Their input was invaluable.

At this point, here is what I can tell you:

Literacy and Math Support

  • Overall, the number of teachers who will be providing literacy and math support for 2019-20 will increase.
     
  • For the first time, Reading Recovery will be available in all HRCE elementary schools to support students in Grade 1. 
     
  • In 2019-20, some of the resources from Early Literacy Support will be reallocated to provide schools with more literacy and math coaches. Principals indicated a desire for more literacy and math coaches who can work directly with teachers to strengthen high quality instruction.

For more information and rationale for these decisions, visit: https://www.hrce.ca/news/2019/05/07/hrce%E2%80%99s-plan-support-literacy-and-math-2019-2020

Guidance Counsellors

  • For the first time, all HRCE schools will have a Guidance Counsellor allocation. (In 2018-19, 15 schools did not have a Guidance Counsellor allocation).
     
  • For the first time, the HRCE will meet the provincial ratio of 1:500 for Guidance Counsellor allocations in 2019-20.

For more information and for the principles that guided these decisions, visit: https://www.hrce.ca/news/2019/05/08/guidance-allocations-2019-20-school-year

Options and Opportunities (O2) Program,

  • The O2 program will continue to be available in our high schools.
     
  • The number of student seats available will remain the same.
     
  • Funding to support activities such as field trips, job fairs, National Skills Competition, training and other supports for students will remain at the same level for 2019-20 as 2018-19.

Our budget process will continue until at least the end of June – we will post our final completed budget on our website thereafter. Staffing processes continue to the end of September – you will find information confirming class sizes throughout our system on our website shortly thereafter. We will continue to share information with you throughout the spring.

Elwin LeRoux
Regional Executive Director of Education