Sunday April 3, 2022 | DUNCAN, BC
by Mary P Brooke | Island Social Trends
The Cowichan Valley (SD79) Board of Education has launched their annual Budget Survey.
They’re looking for community feedback on the development of their 2022-2023 budget.
This is an open process for the public to engage in, by which they are “asking for the public’s guidance”, says SD79 in a recent news release.
“The survey this year continues to focus on ‘Beyond Education’ and the Cowichan Valley School District’s Strategic Plan,” says SD79 in the April 1 news release.
In addition to asking for feedback in those areas, the Baord says it is “reporting back to the community on the advances made as a result of last year’s responses, including investments in COVID-19 related health and safety measures, capital projects, child care, and initiatives in literacy and numeracy.
The budget is the financial plan that allows SD79 to deliver programs that “give our learners exceptional learning opportunities and keep our schools safe healthy places to work for both schools and staff”.
Budget input determines priorities:
The school district is “optimistic” that the 2022-2023 year “may be a return to more normal times”, as stated by SD79 Board Chair Candace Spilsbury.
She says the board considers public feedback around the annual budget “as a key aspect of determining where we put our resources”.
Survey online to April 17:
The survey is open to April 17, 2022.
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The online daily news portal at islandsocialtrends.ca applies a socioeconomic lens to local, regional, provincial and national news. Particular focus is given to education, health, politics, the economy and shifts in social trends. Published by Brookeline Publishing House Inc, the Island Social Trends publication was previously West Shore Voice News (2014-2020), and before that operated as Sooke Voice News (2011-2013) and MapleLine Magazine (2008-2010). Editor Mary P Brooke has covered SD62 (west shore) school district news at the board level since 2014.