Request the Government of PEI to Investigate and Implement School Efficiencies

Resolution Number: 

2012-01
Resolution

WHEREAS the PEIHSF recognizes the need to work cooperatively to develop long term strategies to deal with fiscal challenges while maintaining a focus on the quality of education provided to our children, and

WHEREAS there is a need to identify whether the fiscal challenges are due to insufficient funding or inefficient spending practices;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the PEIHSF requests that the Province of PEI work in partnership with the other Atlantic Provinces identify areas of efficiencies that may be effective in generating financial savings and operational improvement within the education system; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that these savings and improvements shall include, but not be limited to: consolidation of various services and/or operations, coordinated purchasing to obtain savings through economies of scale, and a thorough review of the Education Budget in conjunction with an annual performance audit.

Consideration

Status: 

Passed
Saturday, April 14, 2012

Destination: 

Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
English Language School Board
Premier of PEI
Responses Received

Responses: 

Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, June 22, 2012 

The Department is always looking for ways to reduce our expenditures so that we can reinvest efficiencies back into strategies which will improve student achievement. We presently collaborate with other Atlantic provinces on a number of initiatives including tenders for busses, computer technology purchases, video library products and curriculum development. The Council of Atlantic Ministers of Education and Training (CAMET), a regional partnership on Ministers of Education in Atlantic Canada, is currently in the process of looking at other efficiencies in purchasing education materials and supplies.

In addition, Government’s recent decision to amaîgamate the English boards will reduce administlative costs and allow for a more aligned approach for service delivery, reduce duplication, improve efñciencies and role clarity.

English Language School Board, October 9, 2012 

This resolution requests direct action by the Province of Prince Edward Island.