03/19/2012 02:04 EDT | Updated 05/19/2012 05:12 EDT

Minister tries to ease school funding concerns, but boards anxious about budget

REGINA - Saskatchewan's education minister says no school boards will see "a significant cut" when a new funding formula is unveiled in the budget Wednesday.

Donna Harpauer (HAR'-power) says she knows that no school division can absorb a big impact in any one year.

Harpauer says that's why there will be what she calls a mitigation strategy to help boards transition to the new formula instead of just slashing programs or staff.

School boards across Saskatchewan say there is anxiety about funding as the provincial budget approaches.

The Saskatchewan School Boards Association says advance information indicates some school divisions may gain funding, but others could see their operating revenue drop by as much as 10 per cent.

Association president Sandi Urban-Hall says the group wants assurances that students won't suffer.