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CBE navigating through budget restraints during pandemic

Last Updated May 19, 2020 at 7:43 pm MST

With all the students not able to hit the books within school walls, it might be time to do some home learning. (PHOTO: Tom Ross - 660 NEWS)

CALGARY (660 NEWS) — The Calgary Board of Education is looking over its budget options in an uncertain environment.

Board trustees had their first chance to debate the budget during a meeting on Tuesday with a changing funding model from the province and the COVID-19 pandemic creating challenges.

Board chair Marilyn Denis says they are receiving $20 million more this year, but that doesn’t cover everything.

“We’re seeing less dollars per student because in a two-year period our enrolment has grown by over 5,000 students and we’ll be opening three new schools next year. So, there’s some cost pressure that comes with that,” Denis said.

Parents will also be faced with higher transportation fees and the board cannot afford to subsidize bussing anymore, which has caused some negative reactions.

“We’re hearing from parents loud and clear and we’re in a position where we do not want to be taking. And we can no longer be taking dollars that could be dedicated to classrooms, to cover transportation or to subsidize, I guess,” she added.

Denis says it is important for the board to live within its means.