Surrey school board calls for input on budget

Surrey school board calls for input on budget

SURREY — With government funding expected to fall short of the needs of Surrey’s schools this year, the district is seeking input from parents and residents about which programs and services are most important going into the 2015-2016 budget.

As in previous years, the board would like input from the public in order to better prioritize budget items.

With 97 per cent of district funding coming from the province, the board is at the mercy of provincial budgetary restrictions when it comes to making such decisions.

"This means difficult choices have to be made to ensure student needs are met in the best way, while balancing the budget," reads a district release.

By legislation, school boards must deliver balanced budgets every year.

Those interested in providing input can do so by emailing them to budget@surreyschools.ca before 4 p.m. on Feb. 25. Submissions can also be made by writing to secretary-treasurer Wayne Noye, at School District No. 36, 14033 92 Ave. Surrey, B.C.