Sault Ste. Marie – The provincial government continues to provide stable funding for students and schools in Sault Ste. Marie through its 2014-2015 Grants for Student Needs, David Orazietti MPP announced today.
“This investment of additional per-pupil funding for local students will continue to protect smaller class sizes, improved test scores and decreased dropout rates, as well as protect teaching jobs and support staff jobs,” said Orazietti. “Our government is committed to working with our education partners to support student achievement from JK through Grade 12 and to protect the gains we have made in education since 2003.”
Algoma District School Board (ADSB) Grants for Student Needs (GSN) 2014-15:
Since 2003, per-pupil funding has increased by $5,690 at the Algoma District School Board (ADSB), an increase of 66 per cent for a total of $14,324 per student. Funding to the Board has increased by $25 million since 2003, an increase of 23 per cent.
Huron Superior Catholic District School Board Grants for Student Needs (GSN) 2014-15:
Since 2003, per-pupil funding has increased by $5,949 at the Huron Superior Catholic District School Board (HSCDSB), an increase of 73 per cent for a total of $14,142 per student. Funding to the Board has increased by $11.4 million since 2003, an increase of 22 per cent.
This year’s funding includes a three-year $1.25 billion commitment toward school renewal projects to ensure Ontario’s students benefit from improved, modern learning environments.
“In Ontario, we are very proud to be part of one of the best public education systems in the world. Although we continue to operate in a challenging economy, we are pleased to see a continued focus on education recognizing the role it plays in improving lives and supporting economic growth now and into the future,” said Lucia Reece, Director of Education, Algoma District School Board. “The successes in public education have been enabled by strong partnerships between government and communities. In Northern Ontario, we remain uniquely diverse and we need our voices to be heard with action to help build strong communities. We look forward to continuing a strong partnership to ensure students in the Algoma District School Board have quality programs delivered in quality learning environments.”
“We appreciate the commitment to education the province has made over the past decade and the Grants for Student Needs have been instrumental in allowing the Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board to provide quality education for our students,” said John Stadnyk, HSCDSB Director of Education. “Our Board has used the increase in funding to, among other things, enhance the use of technology at all of our schools. This has improved the overall learning experience for our students as they strive to reach their full potential.”
Local Grants for Student Needs per pupil funding in Sault Ste. Marie and Algoma remains higher than the Ontario average, which is approximately $11,424 per student, reflecting an increase of $4,200 per student since 2003.
In fact, increased provincial funding at the ADSB and the HSCDSB since 2003 has protected 127 teaching positions and 80 support staff positions despite declining enrollment.
Since 2003, the Ontario government has increased funding to Sault and area schools by a total of $36 million, while enrollment during the same period has declined by over 27% or more than 5100 students. In addition, the Ontario government has invested in five new school infrastructure projects totaling over $130 million which include:
• $51 million for the Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board to construct a new Secondary School (St. Mary’s College)
• $46.7 million for the Algoma District School Board to construct Superior Heights Secondary School
• $15.5 million for the Algoma District School Board to construct a new Francis H. Clergue Elementary School
• $14.6 million for the Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board to expand St. Patrick Elementary School
• $10.4 million for the Conseil Scolaire Catholique du Nouvel Ontario to expand Ecole Notre-Dame-du-Sault
The Ontario government is committed to building on the gains made in education since 2003 and the 2014-15 investment in Ontario’s publicly funded education system reflects that commitment, while recognizing that everyone must play a part to help eliminate Ontario’s deficit by 2017-18.
* Total education funding in Ontario for 2014-15 is more than $22.5 billion
* The province’s graduation rate increased to 83 per cent in 2011-12, up from 68 per cent in 2003-04
Contact David Orazietti at (705) 949-6959.