Board Of Education adopts 2020-2021 budget

Contingency plans made for the possibility of further COVID-19 effects

The Board of Education for Cowichan Valley School District No. 79 has adopted its 2020-2021 annual budget.

The total budget is $104.6 million dollars and includes several changes.

The Board has set aside funds for the new Strategic Plan. These funds will support additional resources for instruction as well as funds to enhance and develop curriculum opportunities that increase Indigenous Ways of Knowing, enhance learning and develop a Future Focused System.

Planning for the unknown is difficult and the Board has set aside funds to help with anticipated absenteeism replacement pressures, increased cleaning demands and technology requirements under COVID-19.

“This year’s budget required extra planning and consideration as we work hard to ensure our core operation of education can continue to thrive as we deal with the effects of COVID-19,” said Candace Spilsbury, chair of the Board of Education.

“This is true in both the funds we have set aside for increasing our educational capacity and the funds we have to help our district and community thrive during this uncertain time.”

The adopted budget takes effect July 1, 2020.

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