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Calgary Board of Education approves revised budget

Last Updated Jan 8, 2020 at 10:51 am MST

Calgary Board of Education Chief Superintendent Christopher Usih speaks to reporters at the CBE offices in downtown Calgary. Monday, April 22nd, 2019. (PHOTO: Tom Ross - 660 NEWS)

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – After facing a loss of millions of dollars, the Calgary Board of Education (CBE) has approved a revised budget for the 2019/2020 school year.

Trustees voted in favour of the new $1.38 billion plan Wednesday morning, which is around $28 million less than the original budget approved in June.

The board was forced to make changes after saying it was short $32 million following the announcement of the United Conservative budget.

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As part of the revisions, the board was approved to use $15 million from its maintenance fund to pay for staff that were in danger of losing their jobs.

The CBE also introduced mandatory bus fees across the board, affecting 6,000 students who previously rode the bus for free.

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The Calgary Transit rebate for students was also axed in the budget.

Other measures used to balance the CBE budget include using reserve funds and reductions to administration, capital spending and funds directly allocated to schools.