School District 22 seeks input as it sets out to chart new strategic vision

Schools talk budget, vision

Vernon's School District 22 is crunching the numbers as it sets out to chart a new strategic vision.

The district has planned an online session next week to dive into its finances, hosted by acting secretary- treasurer Adrian Johnson.

The district's annual budget includes $120 million in expenditures.

"This budget must provide for everything the school district needs to deliver the best possible education for the school district’s 8,700 students," Johnson says.

"It pays for children’s classroom teachers, specialist teachers, education assistants, bus drivers, and all the people, buildings and infrastructure required to support that educational team."

Johnson says the presentation can be viewed by the public via a link on the SD22 website.

He says it is an opportunity to learn how much funding the district receives and how the board allocates it.

"Prioritizing what to do with the limited funding we have available is challenging. It's easier and more effective when we know what the community wants," said Supt. Dr. Christine Perkins.

Meanwhile, the district is embarking on an update and revision to its strategic plan.

Community feedback is welcomed via a survey that is open through Feb. 4, also through the district website.

"The focus is to determine a pathway that best meets the needs of our students and the provincial academic requirements. Our schools should reflect our values, which is why it is essential to hear from members of the community," Perkins says.

A draft of the proposed new plan is expected to be presented to the board of education in June.

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