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Board shares information on cost saving initiatives

Wed, 22 May, 2013

Board shares information on cost saving initiatives

At yesterday’s regularly scheduled board meeting, the Board of Trustees received a report that summarized a number of areas where special initiatives over the past two years have resulted in significant cost savings for the District.

The initiatives include a range of work processes, procurement strategies, contract management and technology improvements resulting in savings of over $9 million since 2011.

“As our schools and departments are being asked to do “less with less,” Trustees are extremely pleased staff  have found areas where cost and efficiency savings have been implemented,” says Board Chair Sarah Hoffman.

The Board also approved a policy position recommendation to take forward to the Alberta School Boards Association Zone 2/3 asking the province to establish a stable revenue stream to fund K to 12 education as an alternative to depending on fluctuating revenue from non-renewable resources. This supports the Board’s ongoing request to have predictable and sustainable funding.

In keeping with cost-saving announcements, Superintendent Edgar Schmidt informed the Board he was reducing the number of assistant superintendents to four from five for the 2013-2014 school year.