The 2018-2019 Budget represents the financial plan of the Chignecto-Central Regional Centre for Education (CCRCE) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2019 (fiscal 2019). You can view a copy of the Budget document here:
Provincially, we are part of a system that is entirely focused on student achievement within a safe and inclusive education system. The Province has made significant investments in order to implement the recommendations of the Commission for Inclusive Education, the Council to Improve Classroom Conditions and the work of Dr. Avis Glaze, author of the “Raise the Bar” report. A number of positive, progressive investments will be made this year, that will improve our ability to respond to student needs.
- 190 new specialists and student and family supports are coming to Nova Scotia classrooms this September, such as behavior support specialists, autism support teachers, parent navigators and child and youth care practitioners.
- Province-wide, class caps will remain in place for all grade levels and 57 more high school teachers are coming to rural areas, on top of 153 new P-12 teachers added to the system last year.
- SchoolsPlus and Reading Recovery continues to expand across the province. Every student in every school will have access to SchoolsPlus and Reading Recovery services by the 2019/20 school year.
Lastly, pre-primary is in its second phase of expansion, with 130 more classrooms added this year across Nova Scotia.
Commission on Inclusive Education
I don’t see this in the budget – is it included?
The budget includes all anticipated funding and expenditures, regardless of the source. The funding and expenditures related to the Commission on Inclusive Education are included in this budget and reflect the details announced by the province earlier this year. The provincial information can be found here: https://www.ednet.ns.ca/inclusiveeducation
Council to Improve Classroom Conditions
Does the Council to Improve Classroom Conditions provide funding to Regional Centres of Education and Conseil scolaire acadien provincial?
The Province committed $20m to implement the recommendations from the Council in 2018-19. This funding was included in the Education and Early Childhood Development (EECD) budget, and EECD provides the funding to Regional Centres for Education and Conseil scolaire acadien provincial based on the Council’s approved recommendations. The financial impact of the Council recommendations made up to May 2018 is included in the budget.
How is the budget developed without elected boards in place?
The budget development process begins with consultations with our principals, vice-principals, and other appropriate staff. The province provides operational and targeted funding and also outlines new investments (e.g. funding related to inclusive education). Senior management at the Regional Centre Education identifies financial requirements for the upcoming fiscal year. This includes information on contract and wage increases for union and non-unions, costs for student transportation, school maintenance, etc. School-based staffing is connected to student enrolment projections for the upcoming school year and the needs of our schools. In the new structure, this is a much more collaborative process with EECD.