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News Release: FMPSD Releases 2021-2022 Budget ThoughtExchange Feedback Results

News Release: FMPSD Releases 2021-2022 Budget ThoughtExchange Feedback Results

(Fort McMurray, AB, March 9, 2021) Fort McMurray Public School Division (FMPSD) conducted a budget 2021-2022 ThoughtExchange survey in late January inviting input from our community and a cross-section of stakeholders. The results report can be found here

An online engagement software, Thoughtexchange is used to crowdsource thoughts and opinions by also giving people the ability to view, consider and rate thoughts from others. The survey saw 2426 participants share 1725 thoughts with over 74,800 ratings. A majority of respondents were parents making up 54% of the survey. Students were second with 27% and staff made up 14% of the results. 

Major feedback highlights included 44% of participants wanting to prioritize the need to  “maintain the current level of specialist support services (i.e.: staff and resources).” And, 35% making the suggestion to increase specialty program fees such as Reggio, sports, technology and arts to implement cost reduction. 

In addition, maintaining small class sizes, and staffing levels emerged as the top “thoughts” from the survey. Class size also remained the top theme, with classroom and specialized supports as well as mental health closely trailing. 

“We want to thank everyone for taking the time to share their input. Your voice has made a difference. Up next, the Division will receive the 2021-2022 provincial budget allocation for FMPSD at the end of March. The Board and staff will use achievement information, school priorities, stakeholder priorities, and budget parameters to build the framework for the 2021-2022 budget. Stakeholder feedback has been critically important in this process,” noted Jennifer Turner, Superintendent, FMPSD.