BROCKVILLE – Trustees with the Upper Canada District School Board met on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 for a special board meeting. The focus of the meeting was to finalize the Board’s budget deliberations.
2019-2020 Budget Discussions: Trustees were presented with a budget scenario from the senior staff that addressed the school board’s $11.7 million deficit to enable a balanced budget for 2019-20.
Senior Business Consultant Roger Richard presented Trustees with a summary of budget considerations and recommendations that met the Ministry of Education obligation to pass a balanced budget. Trustees set out five basic principles that guided and informed their deliberations:
- commitment to a balanced budget;
- arriving at budget decisions that result in a minimal impact on the classroom to the greatest extent possible;
- alignment of expenditures with the actual revenues the Board receives from the province;
- seeking efficiencies in all areas of the Board’s operation, and;
- implementing innovative practices wherever possible.
The budget scenario included $11.7 million of reductions from program support, school operations, school office administration, central office administration, and special education.
Trustees passed a motion, amending the budget scenario by removing a reduction of $830,657 associated with Secondary Programming – Student Success Teachers and applying these reductions to the Special Education program line. The Board confirmed that while these reductions would prevail as part of its budget, it will continue to enhance spending for Special Education beyond the current funding allocation for 2019-2020.
With the amendment, trustees passed the motion to approve the recommended budget scenario, with reductions amounting to $11.7 million dollars for the 2019-2020 school year. Additional financial information will be presented by staff to the Board at its next meeting on June 19, allowing Trustees to confirm a final budget to be forwarded to the Ministry of Education.