2020-2021 Operating Budget
We want to give students the tools and support they need to succeed. That is why every year, we work closely with staff of our schools, region, and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, to ensure we match funding to our region’s needs.
Our 2020-21 budget includes both new and continued support for students and families in our region, and is highlighted by:
- Class caps will stay in place for Grades P-12 continuing our focus on keeping classes small.
- Improved student to teacher ratios, specifically for specialist positions such as guidance, resource, speech language pathologists and school psychologists. These positions are more important than ever as they provide tremendous support to students.
- We know students rely on a network of professional and paraprofessional support. That is why, in the new school year, there will be seven more people in non-teaching positions such as child and youth practitioners and educational assistants in our schools.
- All grade one students will continue to have access to the Reading Recovery program. This program gives specialized support to students who are struggling with reading.
- All AVRCE schools will continue to have access to SchoolsPlus, with an additional Facilitator and three additional Outreach Workers in our schools. This program helps students and families make connections to support services like social work, justice, mental health and recreation services. SchoolsPlus support is especially important in helping students and families navigate the unprecedented times we find ourselves in due to COVID-19.
- The provincial Pre-Primary Program will be available at all of our schools with elementary grades, including the following schools which are offering the program for the first time: Annapolis East Elementary, Brooklyn District Elementary, Kingston and District School, New Minas Elementary School, Somerset and District Elementary, and Wolfville School. Transportation will also be available to Pre-Primary children. Every 4-year old in our region will now have access to this play-based program that has demonstrated incredible success in helping the transition to school.
The development of our 2020-21 budget began in the fall of 2019, well before the impact of COVID-19 was fully understood. The budget assumptions made are always done on projected information, and 2020-21 is no different. We are monitoring the impact of COVID-19 in 2020-21 and are forecasting the financial impact to the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. Our forecast information continues to be part of the Province of Nova Scotia quarterly updates.
Our complete 2020-21 operating budget, as well as past budgets and other financial information, is at www.avrce.ca/financial-information