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Budget Information - 2011-12
 
Bluewater District School Board Approves 2011-12 Budget

At a special Board Meeting held on June 29, 2011, Trustees of Bluewater District School Board passed the 2011-12 Budget.

To view a complete copy of the 2011-12 Budget package that was presented to the Board of Trustees, click here.

To review the full list of reductions made to reach a balanced budget, click here.

Below is a summary of the 2011-12 Budget:

Key Elements:

  • Despite ongoing budgetary pressures created in part by declining student enrolment and grant reductions, based on Grant for Student Needs, Bluewater District School Board has arrived at a balanced budget for the 2011-2012 school year.
  • Enrolment declines by 1.7% for elementary which will be offset by full day Early Learning Program (ELP), for a net decline of 1%; secondary is expected to decline by 8%, which impacts secondary staffing levels.
  • Early Learning Program increase to reflect the additional 5 EL classrooms in place for 2011-12. The ECE positions will increase from 12 to 17.
  • Special Education programs and services- reduction in expenditure of $50,000 with no impact on students.
  • One year hold on media  library purchases
  • 10% reduction in departmental budgets.  This reduction is for all departments except schools. School budgets have been reduced by declining enrolment only.
  • Reduction of 4.2 Elementary Contact Teachers.  
  • Suspension of Operations for the four Tech Centres for one year.  This generates $.8M in savings. Tech Centres are not specifically funded by the Ministry.
  • There is continued pressure on plant operations due to excess space and operating costs over funded amounts, reduction of $389,848.  60% of the excess spaces is at elementary (4081 spaces), 40% at secondary (2721).
  • School Condition Improvement Funding for 11/12 of $1,750,562 to be used for school renewal

2011-12 At A Glance

Revenues        
$198,951,661
Expenditures -Operating
$198,951,661
            0
                                               
Capital

Minor Tangible Capital Assets
$519,000
Technology Master Plan
$561,944
Computers for Teachers
$247,722

                
Gaps in Provincial Funding:

  • Staff Development reduction in the pupil foundation grant of $340,000
  • Decrease in Provincial Funding  for transportation of 1%
  • Supply teacher costs continue to be underfunded
  • Classroom computers are not funded at the level required to fully support current technology.  Classroom computers are in the third year of a funding reduction
  • School based ministry funding levels (benchmarks) for teachers and school office staff are not fully funded.
        
2011-12 Budget Reductions:

Some budget reductions for 2011-12 include:

Tech Centres suspended for 1 year
$842,066
Plant Operations
$389,848
Central Department Budgets
$134,919
Reduction in allowance for retirement gratuities
$300,000
                
        
Budget Process

In April, 2011, Bluewater District School Board commenced preparation of the 2011-12 Budget.  Information was posted to this site as it became available.

We Welcome Your Input!

Consultation with the public is an important component of Bluewater District School Board's budget preparation process.
Please forward your submission to  budget_submissions@bwdsb.on.ca

Please include your name and contact information.  All submissions will be reviewed by trustees and senior administrative staff.

Below are the links to the slide presentations from the public budget meetings:



Public Budget Meetings

Listed below are the dates for the 2011-12 Public Budget Information Meetings:



Wednesday, May 11, 2011
7 p.m.
Bluewater DSB Education Centre
351 1st Avenue North
Chesley, Ontario
Monday, May 16, 2011
7 p.m.
Hillcrest Elementary School
501 8th Street West
Owen Sound, Ontario


At the meetings, a presentation will be given on the Ministry funding formula and the issues facing trustees in setting the 2011-12 Budget.

All members of the public are invited to attend these meetings.

For further information, please contact Brenda Booth, Superintendent of Business & Treasurer, Tel. 519-363-2014, Ext. 2008.


May 16, 2011 Public Meeting

At the public meeting held on May 16, 2011 at Hillcrest Elementary School in Owen Sound, an overview of the budget was provided.  To view the presentation, click here

The document entitled "School Funding - A Guide to Parents" was distributed.  Click here to view.  This document is also available at  www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/parents/funding/index.html


May 11, 2011 Public Meeting

At the public meeting held on May 11, 2011 at the Bluewater DSB Education Centre, an overview of the budget was provided.  To view the presentation, click here

The document entitled "School Funding - A Guide to Parents" was distributed.  Click here to view.  This document is also available at  www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/parents/funding/index.html












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