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Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools finalizes 2023-24 budget

2.9% increase in student enrolment predicted
Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools has finalized its 2023-24 budget. (Image from Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools)

School board trustees with Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools recently approved a $118-million budget for 2023-24.

The balanced budget projects a 2.9 per cent increase in student enrolment.

“The 2023-2024 school year budget is reflective of the board’s continued focus on innovation, strategic planning, mental wellness and permeation of our faith,” said school board chair Anne Marie Watson, in a statement.

“In addition to these priorities, the board of trustees and senior administration worked collaboratively to ensure budget decisions were also aligned with the Division Education Plan, Strategic Development Plan and the areas of focus provided by Alberta Education.”


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The division is currently in the second year of the 2023 – 2026 Division Education Plan that focuses on mental health and safety, visibly demonstrating the Catholic faith, and building a workplace culture of engagement, empowerment and innovation.

The education plan was drafted following active engagement with community stakeholders in central Alberta, and interviews to help develop the board’s priorities.

Moving forward, Red Deer Catholic will continue to engage with and prioritize, the division’s community partners and stakeholders through a collaborative approach to foster successful teaching and learning outcomes.

Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools serves over 10,085 students in 21 schools in Red Deer, Sylvan Lake, Rocky Mountain House, Innisfail, and Olds. It also supports 600 students in a Home Education Program.

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Susan Zielinski

About the Author: Susan Zielinski

Susan has been with the Red Deer Advocate since 2001. Her reporting has focused on education, social and health issues.
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