The North Vancouver Board of Education will be undertaking a public consultation process for the development of the 2019/2020 Annual Budget. The proposed plan for the process affords opportunities to educational partner groups and the public to discuss budget priorities through meetings, as well as via written submissions.
The proposed process involves the Board inviting its five partner groups: the North Vancouver Parent Advisory Council (NVPAC); District Student Leadership Council (DSLC), North Vancouver Teachers’ Association (NVTA), Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE Local 389), and North Vancouver Administrators’ Association (NoVA), and the public, to attend budget information and discussion sessions that provide opportunities for their input.
Presentations in February and April by School District staff will inform attendees of the financial status and the government requirements used to develop the budget. This information will provide opportunities for informed dialogue regarding budget priorities. At the April 2, 2019 Standing Committee Meeting the partner groups will be provided an opportunity to make a presentation to identify their top three priorities. The table group, large group discussions and input gathered on April 2, 2019 will assist the Board in its consideration of the current budget priorities and direction. Additionally, partner groups will have the option of providing a written submission of their top three priorities by April 5, 2019. The information and input received through this process will also be used to support the next Three-Year Operating Plan.
To adopt the budget prior to June 30, 2019, as required in the School Act, the following budget consultation timeline has been approved by the Board of the Education:
December 12, 2018
- Staff Invitation to be sent to all partner groups, inviting them to participate and outlining the consultation process and their role.
- Information will be posted on the website and through social media with intent to draw public interest in the budget process.
February 5, 2019 – Finance and Facilities Public Standing Committee Meeting
- Staff presentation and discussion of issues and opportunities related to the development of the 2019/2020 Preliminary Budget, including:
- Amended Operating Grant 2018/19;
- Three-Year Forecast, assumptions, and future considerations;
- Technology planning;
- Review of the 2018/2019 Budget Priorities and Themes and how that will support budget planning for the 2019/2020 Budget.
February 6, 2019 and March 15, 2019 – Email comments
- Email comments may be submitted between February 6, 2019 and March 15, 2019. This information will be collated, categorized by budget themes and included in the April 2, 2019 meeting.
April 2, 2019 – Finance and Facilities Public Standing Committee Meeting
- Staff presentation and discussion of issues and opportunities related to the:
- Review of the Ministry of Education’s mid-March Preliminary Grant announcement;
- Review of the current 2018/2019 Forecast to June 30, 2019;
- Review of the revised Three-Year Forecast;
- Facilitated Session
- Partner group presentation, or written submission, of top three priorities. Participation in this activity will be at the discretion of each partner group.
- Table group discussion of budget priorities for participants to provide input on top priorities.
- Large group discussion of budget priorities.
April 23, 2019 – Public Board Meeting
Executive Summary presentation of suggested priorities, adjustments and improvements, proposed by the Board’s partner groups and the public, for consideration and inclusion by the Board in the 2019/2020 Annual Budget.
May 21, 2019 – Public Board Meeting
2019/2020 Annual Budget Bylaw presented for approval and adoption by the Board.