Trustees with the Turtle Mountain School Division are trying to find ways of making up for a reduction in provincial support.

In 2017-18 the division lost $120,000 and the most recent funding announcement from the province means the division has to find ways of dealing with another cut of $118,000.

“A further 2 per cent reduction was some what anticipated and so we have to go to the drawing board now and try and absorb the reduction in a way that minimizes any negative impact on the schools or student programming” said Superintendent Tim De Ruyck.

Turtle Mountain School Division has annual expenditures of roughly $13.5 million.

The province also announced a 15 per cent reduction to the existing administration cost caps. That isn’t expected to have any major impact on Turtle Mountain's budget. “School divisions have a cap on what they pay towards administrative costs and for us it’s 4.5 per cent of the overall budget. We are currently below the admin cap and as we work through the numbers we might be fine in that regard.”

The new budget is expected to serve notice of motion on Wednesday night.

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