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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Catholic Board Looks at Budget

Grey Bruce | by Robyn Garvey  

Mixed news in Ontario Education budget will make Bruce Grey Catholic Budget tough.

The Bruce Grey Catholic School Board is in the process of drafting its budget,

Increases in Ontario's education budget may look good on paper -- but it may not be as sweet of a deal as the Bruce Grey Catholic Board had hoped.

After closer examination of the funding announcements, Superintendent of Business Cathy Colton predicts this will be one of the toughest budget years they will face.

She says a lot of the new funding announcements are not new at all, and many are dependant upon a strong student population.

The Catholic Board is dealing with declining enrolment numbers and another one per cent claw back in transportation funding.

This is the third year in a row, in which the school board has experienced a reduction in transportation funding.

This is due to the fact the Board did not score high enough transportation efficiency and effectiveness rating.

Despite revamping school walking boundaries and other changes -- Colton says the Board has still not been able to reach the province's high 'e and e' rating.

There will also be cuts in Board administration costs, staff development, and reductions in classroom computer budgets.

There are also no increases to fund non union staff salaries.

On a high note, the Catholic Board will receive almost a half a million dollars in new Facility Renewal funding.

The province will also provide a two percent increase in the plant operations funding to help offset rising utility and insurance costs.


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