School board officials are cautiously optimistic of better news on the provincial funding front this year.
In her Jan. 9 report to the board, superintendent of schools Margo Tait said public comments thus far indicate there may be "some easing" of significant funding reductions for public education in 2013.
Tait stressed, however, "we have no details," and even if there are no further reductions, "we do not anticipate any real increases either."
She pledged the board "will continue to work hard to achieve our mandate of providing effective education for all students" regardless of funding levels.
"Our shared purpose and vision will guide our recommendations and decisions as we work together to minimize the impact on schools and students."