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Lethbridge School Division to see increase through Alberta Budget 2020

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Some good news for the Lethbridge School Division following last week’s provincial budget.

Officials saying Monday (Mar. 2) the division was allocated $110 million for the current school year (2019-2020) and will now receive $111.3 million for 2020-2021 under the UCP government’s new funding model.

The extra money includes a $1 million increase to facilities and $300,000 toward instructional supports and services.

The Lethbridge School Division says while this appears to be an increase and sufficient funding to move forward, the Board of Trustees will still need to make “significant adjustments” under the area of instruction.

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They point to the reasons for that being anticipated 2% growth in student enrolment in the fall, adding an additional 230 kids to its classrooms and the fact the division had already used $3 million in reserves to maintain current levels of programming and services this year.

Trustees will be getting together this week to to review all the information.

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Patrick Siedlecki

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.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

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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