ADSB Approves 2023-2024 Balanced Budget


At the Board Meeting held on Tuesday, June 13th, the Algoma District School Board (ADSB)
approved a total budget for expenditures and revenue brought forward by the Operations and Budget
Committee of the Board, for the 2023-2024 budget year in the amount of $192,376,978. The
Committee consists of Board staff and the following Trustees: Chair of the Operations and Budget
Committee, Greg Bowman; Trustees Russell Reid, and Susan Myers; Vice Chair of the Board, Elaine
Johnston and Chair of the Board, Jennifer Sarlo.

The Board wanted to ensure this budget reflected the needs of the system and included supports for
the well-being of both students and staff, as per the Board’s strategic priorities.

“We are grateful to be bringing not only a balanced budget, but a budget that includes
enhancements aligned with our strategic priorities, such as literacy, numeracy, trades,
meeting the needs of a diverse student population and mental health. The commitment of our
staff and the Operations and Budget Committee, to ensure they are “budgeting a plan” and
not just “planning a budget,” means our priorities are always at the forefront of this process,
as we allocate resources to provide the best programs and resources possible for our
‘Confident learners, caring citizens.’” said, Algoma District School Board Chair Jennifer Sarlo

The Board recognizes the Province of Ontario’s goal of a balanced budget and operating within a
fiscally responsible environment. The budget includes the continuation of:
➢ Commitments to supports for Instructional Leadership and the Board Improvement plan
objectives (Well-Being, Achievement, Equity)
➢ Supports for Special Education and Mental Health Programming
➢ Capital Improvements in Schools and upgrades of shop equipment
➢ Access to technology
➢ Supports for English Language Learners
The following new enhancements are included in 2023-24 through a combination of reallocations of
existing budgets and new Ministry funding, based on a positive enrolment picture as September 2023
➢ Early Years Resources (Phonics Companion & Math Resources)
➢ Equity & Well-Being Supports
➢ Indigenous Graduation Coaches
➢ Enhancements to and Promotion of the Trades
➢ Program Expansion – specialty & Learning Recovery Programs (Sparking Student Success)
➢ Targeted Supports for Students
➢ Special Education Classes & Counsellor Resources & Re-engagement Coaches
➢ Mental Health Resources
➢ Classroom Resources for Literacy and Reading
➢ Upgrades to Servers, Devices and Cybersecurity software
Senior Board Administration and Trustees respect the need for careful management of public
expenditures. Staff are now awaiting additional special project funding announcements and
September 2023 enrolment figures. These may result in additional enhancements for 2023-24.

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