Public Board Balancing Its Books

The Greater Essex County District School Board is looking at a balanced budget with just two weeks until the final draft is due.

Superintendent of Business Cathy Lynd says this could be the first time in years the board is able to table a balanced budget. “As part of Bill 115 and the regulations, included in there was direction from the ministry (Ontario Ministry of Education) that we could not have post-retirement benefits after the age of 65. That significantly decreased our costs.”

Lynd explains that funding special education is still one of the board’s biggest budget challenges. However, she expects there to be a 25% boost in that department from the province, which should result in over $1-million.

The board will be discussing other minor changes over the next two weeks, such as potentially funding additional health and safety training for educational support staff.