May 31, 2021
PRESS RELEASE RE: HORIZON FALL 2021 BUDGET
On May 31, 2021 the Board approved a balanced 2021-2022 budget in the amount of $47,642,565. As system leadership prepared the 2021-2022 budget, the Board requested that they prioritize maintaining front line staff in schools (both teachers, and assistants for high need students).
The Board is supportive of the government’s commitment to maintaining education funding during these uncertain times and appreciative of the government’s acknowledgement that school boards are in the best position to determine how local resources are deployed. While the provincial budget had no reduction in overall funding. the Board is cognizant that the maintained funding historically translates into less funding per student given that Alberta’s K-12 education system typically has annual student enrollment growth of 15,000 students. The Board is appreciative of the stable funding given the uncertainty regarding enrollment numbers due to the pandemic.
The Board remains committed to our small rural schools and the teachers and support staff that ensure our students are successful. A sincere thank you for all you do for Horizon’s students. We know that Horizon's student success is a result of staff efforts to deliver the best possible outcomes for our children. We remain committed to working together with parents to ensure our students get the best possible education.
For more information on Horizon’s budget, visit www.horizon.ab.ca/board.php