Fewer students, less money for school district

  • Nov. 3, 2003 12:00 p.m.

There are fewer students in schools on the islands than earlier predicted, and that means less money for the school district.
The district had expected 924 students to be enrolled as of September 30, the cut-off day the Ministry of Education uses for funding purposes, but instead there are only 887. That’s 37 less than expected, and 62 less than last year.
Since provincial funding is based on student numbers, it means less money for the district, about $147,000 less than expected.
While it doesn’t mean any cuts will be necessary, thanks to a $157,000 surplus the board has from last year, it does mean, according to a board document, that “we cannot contemplate making any changes that have any increase in costs”.