ADSB Approves Balanced 2021-2022 Budget

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At the Tuesday, June 15,2021 Board Meeting, the Algoma District School Board (ADSB) approved a total budget for expenditures and revenue for the 202122budget year in the amount of $169,202,981. The budget was brought forward by the Operations and Budget Committee of the Board which consists of Board staff and the following Trustees: Chair of the Operations and Budget Committee, Susan Thayer;Trustees Greg Bowman, Russell Reid;Vice Chair of the Board, Brent Rankin and Chair of the Board, Jennifer Sarlo.

Given the challenges of the pandemic, the Board wanted to ensure this budget reflected the needs of the system and included supports for the wellbeing of both students and staff,as per the Boards strategic priorities.The Board recognizes the Province of Ontario’s goal of a balanced budget and operating within a fiscally responsible environment. The Ministry has advised school boards to be diligent in managing costs during this time,as Provincial budgets remain strained. The budget includes the continuation of:

Commitments to supports for Instructional Leadership and the Board Improvement plan objectives(WellBeing, Achievement, Engagement)

Supports for Special Education and Mental Health Programming

Capital Improvements in SchoolsProfessional Development for Technology

Commitments for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)due toCOVID19.The following new enhancements are included in 20212022 through a combination of reallocations of existing budgets and new Ministry funding,based on a positive enrolment picture as we approach September 2021:

Purchase of K8 Digital Math Program Resources

Special Education and Autism Resources

Indigenous Graduation Coach ResourcesCommitments to Trades Program

Family Math and Literacy Initiative

Capital Improvements Refreshing Classroom Sites at Many Schools

Technology Improvements/ Upgrades to Infrastructure and Device

The past fifteen months have been remarkably challenging. We are so fortunate and thankful for our staff who have, continuously, worked diligently to maintain operations and monitor finances, all while ensuring our students and families were supported with everything from resources, to food, to devices and internetconnectivity. To bring this balanced budget and to see the work that has been done to keep our people, our facilities, our programs and our finances in good stead is impressive and encouraging and truly represents the ADSB mission statement, Confident learners, caring citizens.Chair Jennifer Sarlo.