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Highlights from the April 27 Board of Trustees Meeting
Highlights from the April 27 Board of Trustees Meeting
Posted on 04/28/2022
Board room

Full details on presentations, reports, and discussions can be found in the agenda or reviewed in the recorded broadcast. Video segments are linked in the subhead for each item below.

April 28, 2022 – Trustees with the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) met on Wednesday, April 27, 2022. Some of the items discussed in the public session are as follows.

Executive Superintendent of Business Services Jeremy Hobbs presented to Trustees the preliminary revenue and expense projections for the 2022-23 budget. This report is part of the regular update to the Board.  

Hobbs shared that the UCDSB anticipates to see revenue of $397M, an increase of $14M from the 2021-22 original budget, and anticipated expenses at $396.8M, an increase of $14.2M from the 2021-22 original budget. While the year-end surplus is anticipated to sit at $0.2M, a decrease of $0.2M from the 2021-22 original budget.  

It is important to note that the increase in revenue is related to several areas of student learning and increases to staff salaries, as it relates to collective bargaining.  

Hobbs explained that there are several priorities for UCDSB that will be supported by the budget. Student mental health and wellness, tutoring supports, COVID-19 learning recovery, enhanced special education supports, and technology supports are just some of the areas that the budget is supporting.  

While the pandemic is expected to be less of an issue for the 2022-23 school year, inflation and collective bargaining are two areas that could affect the budget.  

The draft budget is anticipated to be shared with Trustees in early June.  

Superintendent Marsha McNair presented to Trustees an update on absenteeism rate reporting. The Ministry of Education has directed school boards to continue reporting student and staff absences for the remainder of the school year. If schools have an absenteeism rate of 30 per cent or greater above their baseline, the principal reaches out to the local health unit. Both local health units continue to work directly with schools.  

McNair shared that no UCDSB schools have met or exceeded the 30 per cent threshold. 

Superintendent Chad Brownlee reported to Trustees an update on staffing replacement. Since the last update to the Board, there has been a decrease in the number of absences and an increase in available occasional staff to cover vacancies. Schools and classes have not needed to temporarily move to remote learning since the long weekend. 

 

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