The Bruce Grey Catholic School Board is bracing for tough economic times.
Director of Education Bruce MacPherson says 2012 will be a year of financial restraints for the board.
MacPherson tells Bayshore Broadcasting News they are awaiting the province's response to the 400 recommendations of the Drummond economic report.
The review calls for deep cuts in the budgets of all public sectors including education for the next 5 to 7 years.
While the picture may be bleak -- MacPherson is confident the Catholic Board will weather the economic storm.
He notes the small rural board has become accustomed to finding creative solutions to funding challenges.
Chair Norm Bethune adds now is not the time to embark on costly ventures.
Instead Bethune says they will review their priorities and ensure the existing programs continue.
He also wants to seek out new partnerships to reduce costs.
2012 is also the year all collective agreements with teachers come up for review.