School board faces $12 mil­lion deficit

The Glengarry News - - News -

Cuts of about $12 mil­lion are be­ing con­sid­ered as the Up­per Canada Dis­trict School Board at­tempts to over­come a deficit and bring down a bal­anced bud­get next week.

A pro­posal pre­sented by se­nior busi­ness con­sul­tant Roger Richard last week, called for $10.9 mil­lion in re­duc­tions from pro­gram sup­port, school oper­a­tions, school of­fice ad­min­is­tra­tion and cen­tral of­fice ad­min­is­tra­tion. An­other $816,000 in pos­si­ble re­duc­tions are be­ing con­sid­ered in spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion.

Staff pro­vided trus­tees with an as­sess­ment as to how th­ese pro­posed cost re­duc­tions could impact pro­grams and ser­vices at the school and dis­trict lev­els, by group­ing re­duc­tions into low impact, medium impact, and high impact lev­els.

Trus­tees agreed to fol­low ba­sic prin­ci­ples as they work to fi­nal­ize the bud­get.

The board will main­tain a bal­anced bud­get with­out ad­di­tional cuts to be­gin re­build­ing its re­serves for the next fis­cal year, while “trus­tees are com­mit­ted to using innovative prac­tices to ad­dress ar­eas where the board has over­spent.”

Staff will now use the bud­get sce­nario and the trustee prin­ci­ples to cre­ate a draft bud­get for June 12, with the goal of bring­ing in a fi­nal bud­get for the board’s re­view by June 19.

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