The Strait Regional Centre for Education (SRCE) budget for 2020-2021 has been completed and approved by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.
For the SRCE, the budget for 2020-2021 has increased by $1,371,297 or 1.4% over last year’s budget for a total budget of $97,735,154.
The Strait Regional Centre for Education wants to give our students the tools and support they need to succeed. That’s why every year, we work closely with Schools, Regional and Department of Education and Early Childhood Development staff to ensure we match funding to our region’s needs.
The SRCE budget for 2020-2021 budget includes both new and continued support for students and families in our region, and is highlighted by:
- Class caps. These will stay in place for Grades P-12 continuing our focus on keeping classes small.
- Improved student to teacher ratios, specifically for specialist positions such as guidance, resource, speech-language pathologists and school psychologists. These positions are more important than ever as they provide tremendous support to students.
- We know students rely on a network of professional and paraprofessional support. That’s why, in September, there will be eight (8) more people in non-teaching positions including child and youth practitioners; community outreach workers ; Mi’kmaw student support worker; SchoolsPlus facilitator; and teacher assistants in our schools.
- All grade 1 students in the English Program at 14 elementary school locations will continue to have access to the Reading Recovery program. This program gives specialized support to students who are struggling with reading.
- All schools will continue to have access to SchoolsPlus. This program helps students and families make connections to support services like social work, justice, mental health and recreation services and is especially important in helping students and families navigate the unprecedented times we find ourselves in due to COVID-19.
- The Pre-primary Program will continue to be available at 14 elementary school locations. This means that every 4-year old in our region has access to pre-primary – a play based program that has demonstrated incredible success in helping students transition to school. In addition, busing is available to all pre-primary children eligible to receive bus service.
For detailed information on the SRCE Operating Budget for 2020-2021, please access the following link: