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SCDSB draft budget tops $572 million, teaching cuts at secondary level

Posted May 15, 2017

The Simcoe County District School Board's (SCDSB) 2017 draft budget proposes to spend $572.2 million in 2017-18, an increase of $26.1 million over last year. Projected revenues are $572.5 million, up from $547.1 million in 2016-17.

However, accounting for amortization of deferred capital and expenses, leaves a shortfall of $1.5 million, which requires a transfer from surplus because school boards are obligated to operate on balanced budgets.

The Board estimates its total enrolment for the next school year to be 51,630, an increase from 51,218. The elementary average daily enrolment is projected to increase to 36,590, from 35,962. But secondary ADE is expected to drop to 15,040, down from 15,256.

That decrease will lead to a reduction of 10 regular classroom teachers at the secondary level, two from adult and continuing eductation, and one school support. Special education will see a reduction of three.

It's a different look on the elementary side, where 63 positions are being added, included 42 regular classroom, 11 more early child educators, three French Second Language.

Overall, the number of full-time equivalent employees at the Board will be 5,282.8, at a cost of $491.1 million, up from 5,234.4 and $472.6 million this current school year.

Ongoing and new capital projects total $125 million, including $529,000 for child care expansion at Tecumseth Beeton.

Last month the Board announced changes to start times for 15 of its schools, including six in the New Tecumseth area, which is expected to cut into its transportation deficit by approximately $400,000. The remaining $350,000 shortfall will come out of surplus.

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