Implication of 2015-2016 Budget Reductions in WRPS

The Government of Alberta announced its 2015 budget on Thursday, March 26th. The Board of Trustees reviewed the impact of the budget on students and staff and identified a number of critical concerns.

In 2014-2015 the Board’s operating deficit is projected to be 2.6 million. As a result of the funding cuts WRPS is projecting a 3.87 million dollar budget deficit for 2015-2016 school year.  Our 2015-2016 budget problem became more devastating when we were informed that we are unable to access our reserves without the express approval of the Minister. The Minister directed that school boards must submit balanced budgets.  The Board must, therefore, cut $3.87 million dollars from the budget.  To lessen the negative impact on students the Board must use its accumulated surplus to submit a balance budget.

The Provincial Budget, however, stripped school boards of their authority to manage their accumulated surplus.  “As locally elected officials, we work hard to be fiscally responsible and accountable to our communities.  The Board needs the flexibility to manage that surplus to protect students and classrooms from the ups and downs in the economy.  Due to the imposed funding cuts and the freezing of school surpluses, students in our classrooms are now at risk of losing programs, supports and services,” stated Deanna Specht, Board Chair.

View: 2015-2016 Budget Reduction in WRPS Media Release

View: Letter to Parents 2015-2016 Budget Reductions in WRPS

View: WRPS Website

From the Office

It is hard to believe that once this week comes to an end we only have six weeks left in our school year.  It has been an exciting and wonderful year at Gwynne with an incredible amount of personal growth and learning for all.

On behalf of the Gwynne students and staff, I would like to take a moment to thank everyone for their contributions to The Gwynne Family Fun night. Community support with ticket sales, donations and purchases of auction items made this event a big success. Our parent council is an amazing group of dedicated people whose efforts too often go unnoticed.  Please take an opportunity to thank our current parent council members or better yet, become actively involved next fall. Our students are getting excited about our year-end and their upcoming holiday time. This year we are planning a barbecue and an afternoon of swimming at the Manluk Center on June 11.  

Gwynne Schools Morning of Music will run on May 14 beginning at 8:45 am. Please help us enjoy the talents of our music students; we are very proud of their development this year.

We are fast approaching the time of year when Provincial Achievement Tests along with other final assessments are happening.  We encourage our parents to help prepare their children for these tests by having students eat well balanced and nutritious meals and by helping them to receive an adequate amount of sleep.  We appreciate the partnership efforts of our families that help guide our student’s success.

All the best,

D. DeMone

 

Gwynne School Parent Association

Gwynne School Parent Association
The next GSPA meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 25@ 6:00pm

2015-2016 Kindergarten Registration
Kindergarten Registration is scheduled for Wednesday, March 25, 2015 from 5:00pm - 6:00pm. New for 2015-2016 Bussing from Wetaskiwin will be covered by Gwynne School Parent Council for Kindergarten Children.

Boston Pizza Fundraiser - GSPA is part of Operation Education at Wetaskiwin Boston Pizza!!!
When you or friends/family are out enjoying a meal or drink please keep your receipts and hand them into the school!
We will receive 5% of the receipts to put towards the school!

 

 

After School Pick-up Reminder

After school pick up for students has been changed to insure student safety (busy parking lot)

After school all students will wait at their designated areas until the bell rings. 

  • Students will then load busses
  • Or have a parent come into the school to pick up their children.

After School Pick-up Reminder - please call the office or write a note to your child’s teacher whenever there is a change to your child’s regular after school arrangements.  Unless officially notified bus students will be put on the bus.

 

Gwynne School is a Scent FREE building

Due to medical needs of students and staff Gwynne School is a SCENT FREE building.  Please respect the health and safety needs of our staff and students by refraining from strong perfumes, body sprays or deodorant while in the building.  Thanks so much!