Avon Maitland School Board Balances Budget

The Avon Maitland District School Board has balanced its budget …. even though teachers contracts won’t be negotiated until later this summer.

Director Ted Doherty says that’s not the problem it would have been a few years ago when school board set tax rates for education and negotiated teacher’s contracts.

The Ministry released the grants for students needs a little early this year and that includes the estimated salary structure for teachers.

Doherty adds there could be some changes in that, but the Ministry now negotiates and pays teachers salaries so whatever that figure is — it’s covered by the Ministry and shows up in the board’s budget as revenue in and an expense out, and individual boards have no discretion in that discussion.