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OCDSB Approves $980.25M 2019/2020 Budget

OCDSB Approves $980.25M 2019/2020 Budget
Posted on 05/30/2019
OCDSB Approves $980.25M 2019/2020 Budget

The OCDSB approved a $980.25 million operating budget for the school year 2019-2020 and capital investments of $82.8 million. The largest operating budget investment is in the area of instruction and special education where $713.4 million is allocated representing almost 73% of the total annual budget.

While the new strategic plan for the next 4 years has not been finalized, the staff has been mindful of the input received throughout the consultation and development phase. As a result, the 2019-2020 Budget is aligned with the Boards’ three proposed strategic priorities and makes new investments of $3.5 million in a Culture of Innovation, $4.4 million in a Culture of Caring, $305,000 in a Culture of Social Responsibility.

 

Budget Chair, Trustee Keith Penny said, “The 2019-2020 Budget includes a significant investment in staffing, most notably academic staffing and in staff who provide direct support to our students and their families. This year’s budget aligns resources that support student learning and well-being while demonstrating the Board’s commitment to a sustainable and socially responsible financial future.”

“With this 2019-2020 budget, the OCDSB is well positioned to be resilient in a time of change and continuing uncertainties for public education,” says Lynn Scott, Chair of the Board.  “The sometimes difficult decisions made over the past few years have paid off in terms of allowing us new flexibility in response to future challenges while protecting student learning and well-being as our top priority.”

Highlights of Budget 2019 -2020

The staff-recommended budget includes the following investments:

The addition of 29.0 FTE teachers to meet needs resulting from enrolment growth and to respond to priority areas including English language learners and support for students with special education needs;

The addition of 3.0 FTE vice-principal positions who will be assigned to various elementary schools in the District;

The addition of 30.0 FTE educational assistants to support students with special education needs;

Additional funding for 7.0 FTE professional staff, including behaviour analysts and communication disorder assistants;

Increased staffing in the Extended Day Program by 18.0 FTE in response to increased participation;

Investing in 6.4 FTE office and in-class personnel who provide front-line support to schools;

Maintaining 55.0 FTE positions that were previously supported using Local Priorities Funding, including 28.5 FTE educational assistants and 13.0 FTE facilities maintenance positions; and

An investment of $1.5 million to support new initiatives aligned with the strategic priorities. 

Operating budgets were increased by $3.5 million to maintain the existing level of investment in supplies, services, and technology.

$8.2 million will be invested in Wi-Fi infrastructure to ensure appropriate network connectivity is provided for students and staff.

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