Nova Scotia

HRM slices funding to school board

The Halifax Regional School Board will receive $1.8 million less from the municipality over the next four years.

The Halifax Regional School Board will receive $1.8 million less from the municipality over the next four years.

Halifax regional council approved another four-year agreement on supplementary education funding on Tuesday. But the amount for enhanced educational programs will drop by $450,000 each year.

School board Superintendent Carole Olsen said the four-year deal gives the board time to plan, but she warned that cuts are coming.

"There will be a reduction in some of the services that we can supply because there's less money and all of that money goes into teachers and staff," she said.

Council defeated a motion to renew the agreement for a single year.

Coun. Lorelei Nicoll wanted the board to devise a plan to invest more money in arts and music programs. Currently, only 20 per cent of the money goes into those areas.

Nicoll said she believes her colleagues were not interested in having another debate on supplementary education in 2012 — the same year as a municipal election.

The Nova Scotia government has already warned school boards to expect less money in the coming year.

They were also told to cut administration costs by 15 per cent and consultant fees by 50 per cent over three years.

Last month, Irvine Carvery, chair of the Halifax Regional School Board, said the board has to find $12 million.

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