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School-based Fundraising To Be Tracked


April 29, 2008
By Canadian Vending Staff

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WINNIPEG (CP) – Within two years, Manitoba school divisions will have to start tracking and reporting school-based fundraising, including revenue gained from vending machine sales. 

WINNIPEG (CP) – Within two years, Manitoba school divisions will have to start tracking and reporting school-based fundraising, including revenue gained from vending machine sales.

For the first time, the public will know how much money schools are raising from everything from chocolate bar sales to donations such as the recent $5 million gift to Morden Collegiate.

Auditor General Jon Singleton said the moves are part of the provincial government’s plan to switch to generally accepted accounting principles by March 31, 2008.

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In Manitoba, there has been no province-wide record of how much money affluent parents can raise compared to those in low-income schools, or for what purpose.

Other schools receive cash from grocery or school supply stores based on how much parents spend.
Some officials have suggested that the province could claw back grants to divisions that raise a lot of money, or divisions could move money around to help lower-income schools.

Education officials warn many school divisions have neither the time nor expertise to do the extra work.
“There’s going to be a significant increase in the workload,” said Ray Derksen, president of the Manitoba Association of School Superintendents.

In several U.S. states, school boards are already required to report revenue from vending machine contracts. o