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Principal Message: May 2015

Glendale School Michelle Speight






The 2015-2016 School Budget

Over the last two months we have had the opportunity to share ongoing updates regarding the upcoming 2015-2016 school budget at our monthly school council meetings.  At April’s meeting, our school council also invited our School Board Trustee, Trina Hurdaman who also spoke at length about next year’s budget. Your engagement through the school council is just one of the great ways to be involved in your child’s education and we can’t thank you enough for those of you who are able to join us at these important meetings.

Funds are distributed to CBE schools via a process we call RAM. This stands for Resource Allocation Method and is designed to allocate resources equitably while providing choice in the assignment and deployment of those resources to meet the unique needs of the students within different schools.

I encourage you to have a conversation with me if you are interested in learning more about the RAM and how our school budgets. In consultation with staff and parents, it is the principal’s job to develop the budget based on the RAM provided. School councils are encouraged to provide advice throughout this process whenever possible.

We are currently beginning the RAM process and will continue working on the school budget in the coming weeks. The following information is provided to help you understand the overall system budget for the Calgary Board of Education.

Budget 2015-16 information

  • For comprehensive information on the CBE’s 2015-16 budget preparations, visit . Here you will find our Budget Assumptions Report and other important documents.
  • We encourage public comments and suggestions through the feedback option on the budget web page. Each and every comment is read by the budget team.
  • The budget will be presented to the Board of Trustees at its May 12 public meeting.
  • Our budget will honour our mission and our values. Maximizing dollars directed to classrooms will be the CBE’s top priority.
  • We will continue to provide the best possible education system possible with the resources we have received.

How the CBE will make budget decisions

  • Meets the CBE’s mandate/mission and supports our values and aligns with our foundational documents
  • Advances our learning agenda
  • Enables the personalization of learning
  • Builds our professional capital
  • Supports well defined, effective, efficient business processes
  • Ensures infrastructure and environments that enable learning
  • Leverages other community resources that serve overlapping populations or is a shared responsibility
  • Viable from the perspective of stakeholders

Understanding the budget

Below is a graphic detailing how every dollar of funding from Alberta Education is allocated. While the majority of it goes to schools via the RAM, some of it stays at the system level. It is more efficient and effective to provide other important school services at this level, rather than to duplicate these at individual schools. The RAM doesn’t include all funding that goes to the schools; it is just the amount that each principal is responsible for in order to support the learning experience in his/her school. The CBE makes decisions about the RAM in the interest of the system as a whole.

Glendale School

RAM funding provides principals with the ability to make decisions about assigning resources to meet student needs as articulated in their School Development Plan, the CBE’s Three-Year Education Plan and requirements from Alberta Education. A thoughtful, rational allocation method, coupled with flexibility at the school level for the deployment of resources will help principals meet their accountabilities for students and staff.

I encourage you to review the CBE budget 2015-16 website at for more information on the upcoming budget. I look forward to your continued engagement.

Most sincerely,
Michelle Speight
Proud Principal of Glendale School

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