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Jun 22
Surrey Board of Education adds teachers and education assistants in 2012-13 preliminary operating budget

There will be 57 more full-time equivalent (FTE) teachers and 87 additional FTE education assistants in Surrey School District classrooms to start the 2012-2013 school year, according to preliminary budget figures approved by the Surrey Board of Education at the board's June 21 public board meeting.

The total 2012-13 preliminary operating budget of $582 million includes $567.5 million in provincial government grants and $14.6 million in district-generated revenues (all rounded numbers).

The ministry’s preliminary grant is based on a projection of 70,439 full-time equivalent students for the 2012-2013 school year; an increase of 195 FTE students over the current school year.

For the current year, the board anticipates to have $13.7 million one-time savings from such items as snow clearing and utility savings, plus higher than budgeted revenues, enabling the board to balance the 2012-13 budget. However, these funds cannot be relied upon to sustain ongoing expenditures.

Eighty-seven per cent of the total operating budget is focused on instructional and classroom support — among the highest proportions in the province — while two per cent is spent on district administration and the remainder on maintenance and transportation; the lowest, or near lowest proportion spent on administration of any district in the province.

The final school district operating grant will be based on the Sept. 30, 2012 enrolment count and any adjustments to the preliminary budget will be made after that date.​

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