Operating Budget 2019-2020

We want to give students tools and support to be successful. The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development directs funding to meet student needs in our region.

This year, the overall budget for education in the province increased by $44 million. This is the sixth year in a row that the overall budget has increased – government is spending 30% more on education. There are also 165 new people in the system, even after retirements. There is more money and more people in every region, and the Conseil Scolaire Acadien Provincial, this year.

Here's what these investments mean for students and families in our region:

  • In 2019-2020 class caps will continue for Grades P-12 to keep class sizes small and teacher-to-student ratios high. These are the best we’ve seen in decades, especially for specialist positions such as guidance, resource, speech language pathologists and school psychologists.
     
  • In September, the province will provide an additional 14.5 inclusive education positions, such as autism specialists and child and youth practitioners, in AVRCE schools. This is on top of more than 21 inclusive education positions added at the start of 2018-2019 school year.
     
  • The Reading Recovery program continues in all our elementary schools in 2019. This program gives students in grade 1, who are struggling with reading, more specialized support.
     
  • An additional SchoolsPlus Facilitator will increase supports available to families. SchoolsPlus helps students and families make connections to support services like social work, justice, mental health and recreation services. All AVRCE schools continue to have access to the SchoolsPlus program.
     
  • In September, eight more pre-primary sites will open in our region, in addition to 13 pre-primary sites already operating in the Annapolis Valley. In Fall of 2020, every 4-year old in our region will have access to pre-primary.  
     
  • The Province has invested in upgrades to three AVRCE schools; Brooklyn and District Elementary School, Port Williams Elementary School and Dwight Ross School. The work will include building systems improvements and interior renovations at each site. Dwight Ross School will also see some exterior renovations.

We are proud of the good work happening in our schools – from the investments made by the province to the efforts of individual teachers and support staff who work with students every day. For more information about our operating budget, visit www.avrce.ca/financial-information.

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