Sept. 14, 2017
The following statement was provided by Chair Joy
Bowen-Eyre on behalf of the Board of Trustees in response to the release of the
Initial Report: Calgary Board of Education Operational Review, September 2017.
The Calgary Board of Education has welcomed the operational
review of our system by the Minister of Education and worked closely with
ministry staff this summer. We are pleased to receive this report and will
continue to work in collaboration with Alberta Education for the best interests
of our more than 120,000 students at 245 schools across the city.
The report has not found anything that the CBE has not
already made available through reports to government, annual audits and
publicly disclosed information. We hope that through this review, the Minister
has gained a better understanding of the operational complexities that exist
within such a large and diverse school system and the financial constraints
under which we operate. We continue to be confident in our sound financial
practices and budget history.
For the past two years, the CBE has been working towards
developing a long-term, sustainable transportation system. We made a number of
scheduled changes for the 2017-18 school year that have eliminated the need to
subsidize the costs of transportation from the larger CBE budget. We will
continue to ensure the delivery of safe, fiscally sustainable and efficient
transportation for students.
A complete list of the materials requested by the
operational review team has been posted.