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As funding fears persist, Alberta school boards granted more time to complete 2015-16 budgets

Alberta premier-designate Rachel Notley said she's been given assurances that the outgoing Tory government will grant Alberta school boards an additional month to complete their budgets.

But Notley didn't dig into details on just how much more money will go towards education ahead of the 2015-16 school year.

Her successful NDP government did campaign on funnelling more money to reduce class sizes and cover costs for thousands of new students expected to flood into the province this year.

"I have asked that the outgoing Government of Alberta extend the school budget deadline by a month to the end of June," Notley said in a statement. "The people of Alberta voted last week for a new government that is committed to funding enrolment growth properly. We will shortly take office and will address this matter as quickly as possible, in good time for the next school year."

Notley also met with outgoing premier Jim Prentice and said he shared "insight" on the job she's due to take over.

Notley said her NDP government is still finalizing a list of cabinet ministers.

School boards in Calgary and Edmonton have expressed concerns about the funding they currently have and the tight legislated time restraints that require them to submit a budget for provincial approval by the end of May.

The Calgary Catholic School District, for example, says it will cut its full-day kindergarten programs and 40 diverse learning teacher positions without additional funding.

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