Thursday, June 25, 2009

Almost the last budget post

The clock is ticking for boards to file their budgets for the 2009-10 school year. Those that don't face scrutiny, funding holdbacks, censure and even possible takeover by ministry appointed flacks if they don't vote 'yea' by June 30.
Coverage of school board budgets is spotty at best. The budgets can have a huge impact on the breadth and depth of programs offered in your local school board, but their passage has little direct financial impact on you. The education portion of your property tax hasn't changed in three years, only rising if your overall assessment has risen. You don't fork over cheques to pay for the estimated $9K+/student the public system spends.
However, here are some of the latest articles-- likely not the last as the school year has ended or ends today for most boards, and the deadline is Tuesday.
Peterborough, Victoria, Northumberland and Clarington Catholic DSB, the only board in Ontario whose overall grants actually decreased from 2008-09 to 2009-10 due to the loss of some one-time funds.
St. Clair Catholic DSB
Rainbow DSB, with a focus on the impact of declining enrolment.
Next week, when the sheer volume of education news will slow to a trickle, we'll take a look at those boards that have budgets to pass.