RETSD approves budget for 2022-23

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On March 9, the River East Transcona School Division approved a $215 million budget for 2022-23.

“The trustees listened to the community’s feedback on their values in public education, including student opportunities, supports and staff,” Brianne Goertzen, trustee and finance committee chair, said in a statement. “Despite working with insufficient funding from the government, the board was able to maintain programs and services for this year, but using accumulated surplus is not sustainable.”

RETSD is the second largest division in the province, with over 16,900 students in 42 schools across northeast Winnipeg. Approximately 52.8 per cent of its revenue comes from provincial government program support, 11.6 per cent from the provincial government property tax credit, and another 35 per cent from the local property tax base. The remaining 0.6 per cent comes from other revenue sources. According to the division, RETSD spends the lowest per pupil among the six metro school divisions. If more funding is not provided next year, the division warned, cuts will be inevitable.

“The government is balancing its budget on the backs of students,” Goertzen added. “With the government reducing funding and restricting our ability to raise much needed revenue we will be faced with making cuts in next year’s budget.”

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