The Pembina Trails School Division board has approved a $162.3 million budget for 2015-16.
The budget accounts for an increase of about $8.6 million (5.6 percent) over 2014-15 and includes roughly $2.9 million in one-time expenditures.
Pembina Trails says the one-time costs are associated with renovations in schools and furnishing/equipment for the division’s newest school in the growing South Pointe subdivision.
For taxpayers, the budget translates to a 2.2 percent in school taxes, or about $44 per year on a home valued at $371,556.
Budget highlights include extending full day Kindergarten at Dalhousie School, technology upgrades for each classroom and funds to hire three additional information technology staff members, adding nearly four English as an Additional Language teaching positions, and making enhancements to replace fire dampers and installation of strobe light alarms in high noise instructional areas.
Pembina Trails School Division has student population of approximately 13,000 in 33 schools.