The Board of Education for Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools passed a balanced budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year at a meeting on June 25, 2018.
The $185.8 million operating budget includes a 3.34 per cent increase over last year's budget.
Board Chair Diane Boyko said this year's budget "lies in the shadow" of the 2017-18 funding rollback that saw $54 million cut to the provincial education sector.
"Although the modest increase in funding this year is welcome, it only covers projected increases in expenditures because of enrolment growth and inflation. It does not return lost funding, nor does it allow us to restore services or programs that were eliminated because of lack of funding." said Boyko.
Despite the increase, per-student funding actually dropped slightly. The division is expecting to serve 490 more students in 2018-19.
Director of Education Greg Chatlian said this year's budget brings to surface a tension: "There is consistently more that could be done than resources to accomplish it."
Both Boyko and Chatlain expressed thanks for the guidance of various committees and groups who worked hard to create a balanced budget that meets as many needs as possible. Chatlain said, "The focus for all of us must remain on providing the best Catholic education possible as we move our budget from paper to reality. In particular, I know that the dedication of our staff to the mission of Catholic education has served our students well in the past, and will continue to serve them well next year and well into the future."
More detail can be found in the 2018-19 budget document.