ADSB Approves New Budget Over $207 Million for 2024 / 2025

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At the Board Meeting held on Tuesday, June 11th, 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 2024-2025 budget year in the amount of $207,869,377. The Committee consists of Board staff and the following Trustees: Chair of the Operations and Budget Committee, Greg Bowman; Trustees Susan Myers and Nick Apostle; 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.

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 support Instructional Leadership and the Board’s Strategic Priorities
of Achievement, Well-Being, Equity
➢ Supports for Special Education and Mental Health Programming
➢ Capital Improvements in Schools and upgrading of shop equipment
➢ Access to technology
➢ Supports for Multilingual Language Learners
➢ Summer Learning Programs
The following new enhancements are included in 2024-25 through a combination of reallocations of existing budgets and new Ministry funding, based on a positive enrolment picture as September 2024 approaches:

➢ Equity & Well Being Supports
➢ Indigenous Graduation Coaches
➢ Enhancements to and Promotion of the Trades
➢ Program Expansion – Specialty & Learning Recovery Programs
➢ Targeted Supports for Students
➢ Special Education Classes & Counsellor Resources & Re-engagement Coaches
➢ Upgrades to Servers, Devices and Cybersecurity software
➢ Food Sustainability & Agriculture Supports

In acknowledging the work of staff and the committee, Jennifer Sarlo, Chair of the Board, noted:
“This has been a difficult budgeting year for our staff, as significant changes to the funding model were introduced late this spring, resulting in many changed processes and requiring many hours of additional work and analysis. The new ‘Core Education’ funding model has presented funding gaps for us and other school boards. One key area of concern is the Transportation funding, which has resulted in a significant deficit, leaving many boards with notable shortfalls, and although there are temporary transition funds, if the funding model is not changed, it could result in significant impacts on the delivery of transportation for our communities (i.e. increased walking distances for students). Thanks to the extraordinary efforts and commitment of our staff and the dedication of our Operations and Budget Committee, we have protected key priorities and programs that support students, learning and teaching, ensuring the best programs and resources possible for our ‘Confident learners, caring citizens.”

Senior Board Administration and Trustees respect the need for careful management of public expenditures. Staff are now awaiting additional special project funding announcements and updated September 2024 enrolment figures, which may result in additional enhancements for 2024-25.

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