Trustees of the Limestone District School Board approved a balanced budget for the 2017-2018 school year, which includes total expenses of $268,970,131 at its regularly scheduled meeting Wednesday, June 21, 2017.
“I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to staff and fellow trustees for their work, diligence and thoughtful enquires to ensure our resources are directed in a manner that supports the priorities, values and objectives of this Board,” says Suzanne Ruttan, Budget Committee Chair and Trustee representing South Frontenac.
"As a result of the education sector labour negotiations, we welcome the two-year Local Priorities Fund established by the ministry,” states Ruttan. “These funds will help offset the reductions to the Special Education Grant allocation and allow the board to maintain the current special education structure.”
“Even with the Local Priorities Fund, I know that this Board will continue to advocate for increased ministry funding for programs and services to support our students with special educational needs,” adds Ruttan.
Highlights of the 2017-2018 Budget:
- Hiring two new Communicative Disorders Assistant (CDA) positions to support students in the area of speech and language.
- Professional learning investments to promote teaching and learning strategies that support the learning needs of students.
- Improvements in parent and community engagement through technology investments and upgrades to school websites, notifications and alerts.
In addition, over $17.4 million in School Condition Improvement, School Renewal and Green House Gas Reduction capital investments in our facilities to maintain safe learning environments for our staff and students.
The Limestone District School Board serves 19,000 students in 57 schools and 8 education centres covering a geographic area of 7,719 square kilometres across the City of Kingston, the Townships of Central Frontenac, North Frontenac, South Frontenac, Addington Highlands, Loyalist, Stone Mills, the Frontenac Islands and the Town of Greater Napanee.