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Brampton - The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board approved an $841.3 million operating budget for 2013-14, at the board’s regular meeting held Tuesday night at the Catholic Education Centre. This marks the board’s seventh consecutive balanced budget, reflective of Dufferin-Peel’s ongoing commitment to balance student needs for a quality Catholic education, with prudent fiscal management.
“While the board would have liked to re-invest more significantly in the system,” said chair, Mario Pascucci, “the fact of the matter is that we must balance our limited resources with the wishes of parents, faculty, staff and trustees in enabling the best possible conditions for students to achieve success in the classroom, including providing them with the tools they need to succeed. This is becoming more and more difficult, in the face of reduced revenues. Having said that, we have, once again, produced a compliant budget, with no staff reductions and minimal impact on the classroom.”
Director of Education, John Kostoff, noted that “The board’s 2013-14 budget is aligned with the board’s System Direction and Strategic Plan and the Ministry of Education’s objectives of improving student achievement, closing the gap in student achievement, and ensuring public confidence in schools boards.” He further noted that “any adjustments required were made with a view to minimize the impact on students.”
Reductions in Grants for Student Needs (GSNs), the government’s primary funding model for school boards, have placed additional pressures on Dufferin-Peel, and all school boards, to produce a balanced budget for 2013-14. Dufferin-Peel’s GSN allocation has been reduced by $11.6 million compared to the previous year. To offset that revenue reduction, the 2013-14 budget has reduced expenditures in plant facilities and operations, board administration and other areas. This is in addition to expenditure reductions over the past several years in textbooks, classroom computers/technology in the classroom, staff development, school budgets, board administration and governance and plant and maintenance contracts and services.
John Kostoff stated, “The budget meets the board’s legislative requirement to submit a balanced budget; and that it is a blueprint for the board to provide quality Catholic instruction and educational programs to enable excellence in student achievement. Our ability to produce a balanced budget is the direct result of responsible decisions made at the board table.” He added, “Our objective is to maximize student achievement in a fiscally responsible manner. This budget is right on target in this regard.”
“The board’s budget consultation process is an extensive one,” said chair Mario Pascucci. “It is a process which seeks input from parents/guardians of the board’s 85,000 students, and the unions and associations that represent the board’s 10,000 employees. We heard from a wide range of Catholic stakeholders and were able to address some of the items that were raised during the consultation process.” He added, “The priorities of quality Catholic education, student achievement, accountability and transparency have been paramount in all discussions and all decisions align with the board’s strategic plan and system direction.”