The Hanover School Board continues to urge the province for changes to how the school division is being funded.
Superintendent Shelley Amos says Hanover wants optimal and equitable funding.
Hanover recently met with the education minister and deputy minister.
“The main topic of conversation for us is the taxation piece and the impact that us not having the ability to locally tax anymore, what that impact is for the school division,” says Amos.
Previously, all four M.L.A.s who represent constituencies in the Hanover School Division met with the school board chair and division administration.
The provincial politicians got a look at Hanover’s financial plan for the 2023-24 school year and had the opportunity to ask questions.
From there, the school board submitted a letter to Manitoba’s Education department to request a meeting with the minister.
Amos says each of the meetings went well and she feels the provincial government understands the challenges that Hanover is left to deal with.
“We do receive that PTOG, or Property Tax Offset Grant, but it hasn’t kept pace with what we would actually receive if we were doing local taxation,” Amos explains. “And so, that’s what we’re asking for a course correct on.”
The Hanover school board had to cut $2.7 million dollars from the budget for the 2023-24 school year. Other cuts include a variety of programs and staffing.