At Thursday's Rocky View Schools (RVS) Board of Trustees meeting, changes were made to the board's advocacy policy.

The Board Advocacy Committee reviewed and revised the Board Advocacy Priorities, initially approved in September 2020, to incorporate key aspects of RVS’ Strategic Plan.

"The updated Board Advocacy Priorities include two pillars - Space for Students and Support for Students, each highlighting specific calls to the provincial government to ensure all students can learn, belong and succeed," stated RVS.

The Board thinks that advocacy efforts are essential to establish the circumstances that allow educators and students to perform at their highest level. During the summer, RVS will post the updated Board Advocacy Priorities to their website.

Also at the latest Rocky View Schools Trustee Meeting, RVS approved its 2024/25 budget of $326.6 million.

The Board set budget priorities to aid in directing the division budget's development. These include funding schools directly to help students learn, supporting the health of students and staff, improving the facilities and technological infrastructure, and setting aside 0.5 to 1 percent for an operating reserve.

According to the administration and Trustees, they addressed these priorities with the budget.

Trustees did share their concerns about needing even more funding than they are currently receiving from the province to maintain service levels and stay up to date on the growing student population. According to RVS, from the 2017-18 school year to this year, they have seen a 26.5 per cent student enrolment increase.

The budget had to be submitted to Alberta Education by May 31st.

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