Board to run $1.8M deficit

The Glengarry News - - News -

A deficit of $1.8 mil­lion is fore­cast in the 2018-2019 bud­get adopted last week by the Up­per Canada District School Board.

The bud­get in­cludes $370.4 mil­lion in op­er­at­ing ex­penses and out­lines $44.8 mil­lion in cap­i­tal ex­penses.

The UCDSB will re­ceive sup­ple­men­tal funds to bet­ter pre­pare stu­dents and staff for the re­al­i­ties faced in to­day’s class­room en­vi­ron­ment.

Some of the key in­vest­ments fo­cus on Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion ini­tia­tives such as ad­dress­ing wait lists for as­sess­ments and in­creas­ing ser­vices in spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion, men­tal health work­ers in schools, pre­par­ing for suc­cess in high school in re­la­tion to grades 7 and 8 stu­dents, and ex­pand­ing the ex­pe­ri­en­tial learn­ing com­po­nent of the Highly Skilled Work­force Strat­egy.

Su­per­in­ten­dent of Busi­ness Robert Back­strom pre­sented to trus­tees a de­tailed ac­count of what senior staff iden­ti­fied to be var­i­ous bud­get pres­sures ear­lier in the spring, and how staff have ad­dressed these mat­ters in the pro­posed bud­get while en­sur­ing min­istry com­pli­ance re­quire­ments were achieved. The bud­get con­tin­ues to fully sup­port stu­dent learn­ing and achieve­ment while en­sur­ing sound fi­nan­cial stew­ard­ship.

Chair Jeff McMil­lan stressed that stu­dent pro­gram­ming re­mains a pri­or­ity un­der the new bud­get, and will con­tinue to serve as a key fac­tor in all Board de­ci­sions.

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