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 balanced 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

What's New This Week:

Alder Flats Elementary School Students & Staff Participate in the Annual Community Clean Up - Students & staff at Alder Flats Elementary School participated in their annual community clean up Tuesday, May 19th.  Each year, after the long weekend & before the Alder Flats Rodeo, students & staff pick garbage up around the community, doing their part to help keep our community clean. 

May Hot Lunch Program - May 21 - Spaghetti & Meatballs & May 28 - Hot Dogs. Please note:  there will be no hot lunch next Tuesday, May 26.  June Hot Lunch Program Pre-order forms have been distributed & are due Thursday, May 28th.

Grade 6 Orientation at Buck Mountain Central School - Wednesday, May 20, Alder Flats Elementary School Grade 6 students will be attending orientation for Grade 7 at Buck Mountain Central School.  The session will begin at about 1:00 p.m. & will provide students with information about the school, courses for next year, school policies & expectations & introduction of teachers.  Parents are welcome to attend this session, which will last until about 2:00 p.m., or as an alternative, may come to the Parent Meeting scheduled for 4:00 p.m.  Students will remain at Buck Mountain Central School for the afternoon, participating in a variety of activities.  Students will need to be taken home by parents at the end of the Parent Meeting, which will be around 5:00 p.m.  For further information, please contact Kandice Wynia at 780-388-3881.

Grade 4 Field Trip - Grade 4 students will be going on a field trip to the Reynold's Museum in Wetaskiwin Thursday, May 21.  The field trip will be within regular school hours.

Grade 5/6 Field Trip - The Grade 5/6 class will be going on a field trip to the Alberta Legislature & the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton Thursday, May 21.  Students will leave Alder Flats Elementary School at 7:30 a.m. & will return by about 5:00 p.m.  Parents - please arrange for early drop off & late pick up of your child.

Track Meet - There will be a track meet at Alder Flats Elementary School Friday, May 22 for students in Grades 1 - 6.  A concession will be available.  Division qualifiers will attend the track meet in Breton on Tuesday, May 26.

Grade 5 Immunizations - The AHS nurse will visit Alder Flats Elementary School on Monday, May 25 to finish up the Grade 5 Immunization program.

Student Registration Verification Forms - Please remember to update & return your child's Student Registration Verification form for the 2015/2016 school year as soon as possible, if you have not already done so.

Playful Learning Pre-School Bottle Drive - Playful Learning Pre-School is having a Bottle Drive from May 1 - 28.  For more information, please contact Melissa @ 403-405-4901 or Krysten @ 780-515-1440.

Playful Learning Pre-School Registration - Playful Learning Pre-School is now taking registrations for the fall.  If you have a 3 or 4 year old child, & would like them to attend pre-school, beginning Oct. 5/15, please contact Shawna McLay at 780-388-2130.

School Yearbooks - It's still not too late to pre-order your 2014/2015 yearbook.  Order forms are available at the school office.  For more information, please contact Mrs. Leeder at 780-388-3881.

Student Dress Code - Now that the warmer weather has arrived & students are dressing for summer, please remember that Alder Flats Elementary School has a 'student dress code' policy.  Shorts should not be shorter than mid-thigh & tops with spaghetti straps should not be worn to school.  Thank you for your cooperation in support of our school dress code policy.

Breakfast Program - Research shows that ultimate learning potential occurs when students are not hungry.  Apples, oranges, granola bars & cereal bars will be available to students who need that extra little 'pick-me-up' to get them through morning classes.  Donations of the above items or cash donations would be greatly appreciated.  For more information, please contact Mrs. Leeder or Ms. Wynia @ 780-388-3881.

Music Program Fundraiser - We would like to add to our instruments for the music program, by purchasing bass xylophones & metalophones.  These instruments will cost approximately $5,000.  If you are able to help, any donations would be greatly appreciated.  For more information, please contact Mrs. Borzel at 780-388-3881. Thank you to Laura Frere for her donation to the school Music Program.



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