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Friday, June 7, 2019

Balanced Budget for Bluewater School Board in 2019-20

Grey Bruce | by John Divinski  

Business committee recommends bringing $216-million budget forward to board's next meeting.

The Bluewater District School Board is looking at a balanced budget for the 2019-20 school year.

Forecast revenue for the board will be 216.45-million dollars, against expenses of just over 216-million-dollars.

Bluewater Superintendent of Business Services Rob Cummings, says if all goes according to plan, the board will end up $446,000 to put into reserves.

Cummings says he's well aware of the talk each year, calling for administration costs to be cutback but he says admin only makes up about 3% of the overall budget

He points out administration is needed to support the Bluewater teachers, and by extension, the students and families using Bluewater services.

Investments in special education and technology are planned for the new school year.

In a report to the Board's Business Committee, he says, "The board must continue to focus on the efficient use of resources and managing costs within funding levels to ensure the delivery of a strong education system in the future."

Chair of the board of trustees, Jan Johnstone, is OK with the budget stating a lot of people worked very hard on the document and she's pleased with the balanced result.

The board's Business Committee has voted to recommend the balanced budget to the next regular meeting of the board on June 18th.

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