Algoma District School Board Approves 2015/2016 Balanced Budget

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At the Board Meeting held on Tuesday, June 16th the Algoma District School Board (ADSB) approved a total budget for expenditures and revenue, including transfers to and from reserves, for the 2015/2016 budget year in the amount of $145,897,168.

This year, although the Board has operated within a challenging economic environment within the Province, the budget includes the continuation of:
• Early Learning Kindergarten Program
• Support for the Board Improvement Plan (Character Education, Safe Schools/Equity)
• Professional Development for Technology
• Upgrade Wireless Access Points in Schools

  • Also, due to prudent management of budgets in 2014/2015, the Board was able to implement some one-time expenses in the following areas before the end of August, 2015 that will be enhancements for the 2015/16 school year. Many of these one-time expenses have a technology focus which is becoming increasingly important to students and staff in the learning environment. The one-time expenses include the following:
    • Information Technology Infrastructure Upgrades
    o Replacement Servers
    o Network Switch Upgrades
    o Upgrade All Wireless Access Points in Schools
    o Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) upgrade
    • IPADs in Schools
    • Replacement of Overhead Projectors in Classrooms
    • Replacement of Netbooks with New Chromebooks
    • Building and Grounds Improvements for Schools
  • The following new enhancements are included in 2015/16 through a combination of reallocations of existing budgets and new Ministry funding:
    • Additional Vice Principals to Support Board Improvement Plan
    • Disaster Recovery Site Server Upgrade
    • Increase Classroom Laptops
    • Capital Improvements – Capital Priorities, Child Care and School Renewal and School Condition Improvements (Approximately $13 million)
    • Information Technology (New Wide Area Network (WAN) Contract)

Senior Board Administration recognizes the need for careful management of public expenditures during this time of economic uncertainty in the Province. Staff are now awaiting
additional special project funding announcements and September 2015 enrolment figures. This may result in additional enhancements for 2015 / 2016.

Trustee Susan Thayer, Chair of the Operations and Budget Committee, added, “I appreciate the work of our Trustees and staff during this budget, particularly through these times of economic challenges. As always, we have been able to present a balanced budget that includes excellent programs, resources and facility enhancements that will support our students, their achievement and their well-being.”