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TDSB Approves Balanced Budget

Putting the Board in strong financial position for 2015-16

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Categories: News Releases


At this evening’s meeting of the Toronto District School Board, Trustees approved a balanced budget plan, including both operating expenditures and school-based staff allocations, to address the $16.5 million projected deficit for the 2015-16 school year.


Last year, the Ministry of Education announced a change to the Special Education funding model that will reduce funding by an estimated $22.3 million over 4 years for the TDSB. In managing this challenge, Trustees changed the report to keep 10 Special Education support staff positions in 2015-16, recognizing the needs of students across the system. As a result, 23.5 positions will be reduced next year and Trustees voted to increase the amount of in-year savings to $3.5 million to balance the budget.


The budget plan includes a list of revenue generating activities and cost saving measures that have a minimal impact on students and the classroom, including a $3.5 million reduction to central department operating budgets and changes to the Facility Services department to improve efficiencies.


Quick Facts

  • The TDSB’s operating budget is approximately $3 billion and staff salaries and benefits represent approximately 83% of total expenses.


  • School-based staff allocation decisions were based primarily on student enrolment. Staff affected by these changes will not necessarily lose their jobs as every effort will be made to place them into positions where people have left due to retirement or other reasons.


  • Staff will attempt to find in-year savings by closely monitoring operational costs and holding back on replacing central positions that become vacant.


“Working together, Trustees and staff have come up with a responsible plan to balance next year’s operating budget. We are now focused on addressing our capital pressures and seeking provincial support for our capital needs.”

- Shaun Chen, Chair, TDSB


“Our number one priority throughout the budget process has been making decisions that best support students and schools. I’m pleased that the balanced budget plan approved tonight puts students and their well-being first.”

- Donna Quan, Director, TDSB


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