BROCKVILLE – Trustees with the Upper Canada District School Board passed the 2018-19 budget last Wednesday night.
The budget details $370.4 million in operating expenses and outlines $44.8 million in capital expenses. It also includes a projected operating deficit of $1.8 million, said Superintendent of Business Robert Backstrom.
For the 2018-19 year, Upper Canada 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 Waitlists 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 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.
“I am very proud of the work of Trustees and senior staff in bringing together a Ministry compliant budget during what is always a very challenging process,” said Chair Jeff McMillan of the 2018 budget deliberations.
“What has resulted is a budget that responsibly addresses today’s fiscal realities.” 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.