On Wednesday, June 29th, the Board of Trustees approved a compliant budget of $660.9 million.
The Board of Trustees of the York Catholic District School Board (YCDSB) would like to thank its many stakeholders for their recent participation, which contributed invaluable input and feedback in assisting the Board with the Budget Development Process.
The Board's Multi-Year Strategic Plan identifies four commitments to our stakeholders. They include: the Integration of Catholic Faith, the Continuous Improvement of Student Achievement, the Effective Use of Our Resources and Engaging Our Communities. Faced with increasing financial restraints, these commitments continue to guide the Board's decision-making on new investments and cost reductions.
To achieve a compliant budget, the Board of Trustees approved $4.4 million in cost reductions as well as $0.63 million in new investments during the 2016-2017 budget deliberations.
The Board is committed to working with the Ministry of Education to develop a successful Multi-Year Recovery Plan that will balance fiscal responsibility and student achievement to avoid impact in our classrooms.
The following is a summary of the decisions regarding areas for new investments and cost reductions.
Religious Education (Grade 2)
Purchase of the Grade 2 Curriculum Growing in Faith, Growing in Christ
|Transporting Siblings - JK to 3 (1.2km -1.6km)||$301,200||✓|
International Baccalaureate Program at Holy Cross Catholic Academy
Community consultation with the Holy Cross community to investigate future specialized programming
|School Superintendents' Discretionary Budget (Elementary SOs )||$40,000||✓|
|Expand "Late Run" bussing from two to three days per week||$6,000||✓|
|Repair/replace field (pending Capital Funding availability)||✓|
|Increase GSB allocation to enable more experiential learning opportunities||$2,500||✓|
|Marketing campaign to promote the Georgina Family of Schools||$2,000||✓|
|Differential Support for Georgina Family of Schools||$10,000||✓|
Orff Music Program
Adoption of a four year plan which includes: 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19: $100,00 each year for the purchase of Orff Instruments and $200,000 each year for capital renovations necessary to create Music Classrooms in each elementary school; 2019-2020, the purchase of Orff Instruments for all remaining elementary schools and the completion of classroom renovations
|Church Subsidies (Subsidy for St. Andre Bessette Parish and reviewed on an annual basis)||$17,500||✓|
|Central Staffing Adjustments: CEC and Curriculum||$2,100,000||✓|
Staffing and Other adjustments
|Transportation: French Immersion: Sibling Bussing effective 2016||$200,000||✓|
|Extended Day International Languages Program
The Board of Trustees approved a motion to establish an Advisory Committee at the Board Meeting on June 14th to review ways to support the continuation of this program. Committee Membership and Terms of Reference to be established for the fall