The Wolf Creek Public Schools (WCPS) Board of Trustees approved the 2024/2025 school year budget.  

The approved budget reflects a $287,903 deficit, which will be covered by the division's reserves.  

“Despite the challenges, our focus remains steadfast on the well-being and success of our students and staff," said Board Chair Luci Henry. "Utilizing our reserves is a testament to our balanced approach to financial management while prioritizing the needs of our educational community."  

The budget incorporates an additional $2 million in funding from the Alberta Government. However, the funds have been counterbalanced by continued cost increases in operational costs, staffing benefits, and inflation.   

The budget also ensures the necessary resources are allocated to support a smooth integration of the Iron Ridge Secondary Campus, a new high school in Blackfalds, into the division.   

"The addition of Iron Ridge Secondary Campus represents a significant milestone in our commitment to providing top-tier educational facilities and opportunities for our students," said Henry.  

The 2024/2025 budget priorities include:  

  • Ensuring the well-being of students and staff  

  • Achieving a balanced budget, and ensuring a balanced approach  

  • Teacher and educational assistant support  

  • Ensuring the Assurance Plan remains at the forefront of budget deliberations and decisions  

  • Maintaining an emphasis on professional development, ensuring district expertise is leveraged  

"We understand the importance of each dollar and have meticulously planned our budget to ensure it aligns with our core values and educational priorities," said Henry. "Our commitment to inclusive education and student success remains strong, and we are confident that this budget will allow us to continue delivering exceptional educational experiences."  

The budget will be submitted to Alberta Education.