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Holy Spirit School Division with $1.8 million shortfall, cutting 21 positions

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The Holy Spirit Catholic School Division is making some cuts heading into the new school year this fall.

The Board of Trustees passed the 2020-21 budget this week showing a shortfall of $1.8 million.

A total of 83% of Holy Spirit’s revenues come from the Alberta government and officials note that’s not sufficient to cover wage increases for teachers and support staff.

Nor will it cover increases for a number of other non-wage costs such as insurance, utilities, software licensing and hardware, as well as the unknown costs anticipated from school re-entry after the COVID-19 global pandemic

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Holy Spirit will not be cutting teaching staff this fall, however 21 positions are being slashed in other areas, 20% of those will be in the division’s main office.

Superintendent Ken Sampson says in addressing this shortfall, it’s been imperative to keep cuts away from students in the classrooom as much as possible. “We’ve worked diligently to reduce wherever possible and find efficiencies in other areas. As a result, some challenging restructuring and reductions of staff have taken place in all areas of the school division.”

The Holy Spirit School Division is expected student enrolment to increase in September by about 130 kids.

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Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

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Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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