Public Input on the Draft Budget for 2021/2022

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Delta School District’s budget recommendations will be released on Thursday, April 29, at which time they will be posted to the school district website at

The public have an opportunity to provide their feedback to the Board at the Budget Input Board Meeting on Tuesday, May 4, 2021. Public participation provides valuable information for the Board to consider as it weighs options through the budget development process.

Following the release of the district’s budget recommendations, we encourage the public to provide their input in one of the following ways:

  • Via Zoom video call at the Budget Input Board Meeting, which will take place on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 7:30pm. To sign up to speak, please email Tracey at
  • Via email* before noon on Tuesday, May 4, 2021. Please email your input to

*Feedback and/or questions submitted via email should list your name, affiliation to any partner group organization and your city of residence in your email. The feedback/question will be read to the Board by a staff member during the Zoom video call.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact Tracey Nelson-Trick at (604) 952-5340.

Summary of the Budget Process

All school districts in B.C. are required by law to pass a balanced budget. The budget process takes place over several months:

JANUARY: The District’s finance team prepares a preliminary budget based on District budget guidelines, enrolment changes, contractual obligations and other information known to impact the District in the upcoming budget year.

FEBRUARY/MARCH: The District Budget Committee evaluates the preliminary budget and any emerging issues. The District holds a budget consultation meeting to enable the public and the District’s stakeholder groups to provide input on their priorities. Trustees update their budget priorities to guide the budget committee as it begins to consider budget balancing options. Budget information is further refined after the Ministry of Education releases funding allocations for the next school year.

APRIL/MAY: The Delta School District presents a draft preliminary budget for the Delta Board of Education to consider. The district holds a Special Board meeting to enable the public and the District’s stakeholder groups to provide input on the draft budget. Revisions are considered and the budget may change as the Board directs.

BEFORE JUNE 30: The Board will adopt a balanced budget for the upcoming school year.

As the school year progresses, the budget is monitored and adjusted, and an amended budget is passed by the Board at the end of February. The process then begins again to establish the budget for the following school year.

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