School board solicits budget input

The Chilliwack school district is soliciting public feedback on the 2013-14 annual budget, both online and in a forum Wednesday night.

The Chilliwack school district is soliciting public feedback on the 2013-14 annual budget, both online and in a forum Wednesday night.

The simply-designed online survey asks three central, open-ended questions: Which expenses are irrelevant? Which programs are essential? What additional programs are important?

“The budget survey responses will be brought forward, along with partner and parent, community feedback for the Board’s consideration in its overall budget planning,” says Board of Education superintendent Evelyn Novak.

Last year’s survey gathered 72 responses.

The district is accepting submissions until this Friday.

The District Parent Advisory Council is also hosting a public meeting to provide feedback on the budget on Wednesday, March 27, at 7 p.m, at the school district office.

The 2013-14 budget will align with the district’s five-year strategic plan, and its achievement contract. The board of education requests that respondents consider the district’s four priorities: engaging students, having effective district-to-parent and district-to-community communication, facilitating student graduations, and integrating technology in instruction.

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