The Keewatin-Patricia District School Board is anticipating a four-per cent funding cut in the new year, but trustees are working to avoid an impact on the classroom, as well as their more vulnerable students.
"What we're not going to do is we're not going to cut special education teachers, education assistants, children's mental health supports. We've made an investment in technology buying chrome books and iPads for kids. We're not going to touch that," says Sean Monteith, director of education, in a year-end interview.
The comments come as the provincial government looks towards their first spring budget. Monteith says the school board is hoping to absorb the cuts by reducing such budget items as travel and vehicle expenses.
Sioux Lookout students and parents will also be glad to hear the date is rapidly approaching for a move into their new high school. Monteith hopes to see anchor tenants from Confederation College and Firefly moving into the new Sioux North building before the end of January, while he hopes to see students moving in to their classrooms after the March Break.
"I will be candid. I was hoping to be in by now," he acknowledged.