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Millions Earmarked For Expansions To Bruce Grey Catholic Schools

Grey Bruce | by Claire McCormack  

The school board has approved a budget with $11.4 million in capital projects.

The Bruce Grey Catholic District School Board has approved its 2019- 2020 budget.

In the plan, is $77.4 million in spending, which is a 2.1 per cent increase over last year.

In a statement, Superintendent of Business Alecia Lantz says that's offset by a 2.1 per cent increase in revenue.

The school board has earmarked $11,427, 519 for capital expenditures this year.

That includes a number of projects such as an addition to St. Anthony's Catholic School in Kincardine. It will see eight classrooms and 4 childcare rooms.

St. Theresa of Calcutta in Walkerton is getting a two-room childcare centre.

In Owen Sound, eight new portables are planned for St. Mary's High School, Notre Dame Catholic School and St Basil's Catholic School.

The budget also includes various repairs to HVAC systems, roofing and brick replacement at schools, upgrades to internet and software as well as other systems including door FOB security swipe systems.

The operational budget for the board is $66,020,935 which is the same as the total operational revenue from the previous year.

Roughly three quarters of that will go to salaries and benefits. (74.5 per cent)

There is a decrease of five full-time teaching positions to a total of 541 teachers.

Meanwhile, enrolment is up.

There are 2,983 elementary students or 42 more than last year.

High schools have seen an additional eight students over the past year to a total of 1,614.  

The board says its schools are at 106 per cent capacity.



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