Wolf Creek deals with budget implications, frozen funds

The provincial budget has school boards scrambling to figure out how to make do with less.

The provincial budget has school boards scrambling to figure out how to make do with less and still provide a high quality of education to students.

Superintendent of schools for Wolf Creek, Larry Jacobs said the budget raises some serious concerns.

“All our reserves and sur- pluses have been frozen,” he said.

Jacobs plans to get together with administration next week to discuss the serious implications that will affect each and every school to try and come up with some strategies that will work best for everyone involved.

“I want to talk to all the administration to see what recommendations they have for me,” he said.

Wolf Creek Schools are projected to receive about 100 new students next year who, unfortunately, will not be funded by the government.

It certainly does have a direct impact on the students,” he said. This is serious, said Jacobs, who wonders how they will come up with the additional dollars.

Another shortfall in funding this year will be increases in wages for teachers who are entitled to pay raises as they move up the grid as their years of teaching increase.

The four per cent hike in gasoline and diesel tax leaves Jacobs wondering if combining school bus routes will be necessary to help offset costs.