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Catholic school board facing $11M in cuts for 2019-20 school year

Last Updated Nov 28, 2019 at 5:10 pm MST

The Calgary Catholic School Centre, the basis of the Catholic schools in the city in Calgary on Tuesday, April 4, 2017. This building is the operation that helps run any of the Catholic schools in its district. (PHOTO: Chelsey Harms, 660 NEWS)

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Calgary’s Catholic School District (CSSD) is wrestling with how to manage an anticipated $11 million shortfall in the budget this school year.

At its public board meeting Wednesday, the district’s year-end financial results revealed higher-than-expected enrolment and savings achieved from spending efficiencies resulted in a smaller deficit than the CSSD has originally anticipated for the previous school year.

“We are now evaluating the impact of recent mid-year budgetary cutbacks that will make it challenging to provide the current levels of service,” said board chair Mary Martin. “We will do our best to minimize the impact on classrooms.”

She adds she’s pleased the CSSD’s financial picture from this school year was able to sustain the areas critical to improving teaching and learning.

Now, the district is faced with figuring out how to tackle $11 million in funding lost due to provincial budget cuts.

However, the CSSD did say that through the use of reserves and a few other cost-saving measures, it won’t be looking at cutting jobs any time soon.

Earlier this month, the Calgary Board of Education said it was cutting 300 temporary positions after it revealed it would be out $32 million this school year due to funding shortfalls in the provincial budget.

EDITOR’S NOTE: A previous copy of this story erroneously reported a small deficit was anticipated for the current school year. It has been corrected to reflect the slight deficit was from the 2018-2019 school year.