The Burnaby school board is looking for input on how to spend its money next year.
School officials are in the process of putting together the district’s 2023/24 operating budget and are hosting a public meeting Wednesday (April 12) at 7 p.m. to get feedback from local residents.
Participants can attend either in person or online to have their say and get a sneak peek at the district's draft plan for balancing its budget next year.
“Given the fiscal challenges of balancing the 2023/2024 budget, the board will seek input from its stakeholders and members of the public on budget priorities,” states the district’s website.
The same goes for those who’d like to be added to the agenda in order to make a presentation.
To submit input in writing, email email@example.com or mail a letter by Friday (April 14) to Burnaby Board of Education Finance Committee, 4054 Norfolk St., Burnaby BC, V5G 0C3.
Before Wednesday’s public meeting, school officials will already have shared their 2023/24 budget proposals with partner groups, including the Burnaby Teachers Association and CUPE, as well as the district parent advisory council, according to a schedule presented to the school board in January.
Next week, trustees will provide direction on the budget proposals based on feedback received, and the 2023/24 preliminary operating budget will be finalized at an April 19 finance committee meeting.
The preliminary budget will be presented to the board for approval at a public meeting on April 25 and is expected to be submitted to the Ministry of Education on April 30.
The Burnaby school board office is located at 4054 Norfolk St.