At its June 6 Board meeting, York Region District School Board approved a balanced 2017-2018 budget with a total of $1,446,369,000 which is an increase of 4.1 per cent from the approved 2016-2017 budget of $1,389,174,000.

94.4 per cent of the budget is allocated for classroom instruction and school operation related expenses. The balance is allocated for governance, administration and transportation.

“We are proud to deliver a balanced budget that reflects our priorities and the commitments our Board has made to our community and to the Ministry of Education,” said Loralea Carruthers, Chair of the Board of Trustees. “This year, we have committed over $850,000 to fund the Minister’s Directions, including the Every Student Counts Survey, the creation of a robust Human Rights Office and the introduction of an Independent Integrity Commissioner.”

“Developing the budget is a year-long process, led by the finance department, in consultation with York Region District School Board trustees, employees and system partners,” said Wanda Muirhead-Toporek, Chief Financial Officer for York Region District School Board.

York Region District School Board Trustee and Budget Committee Chair Juanita Nathan added, “The budget provides for the delivery of effective and sustainable educational programs and the stewardship of Board resources, which is clearly outlined in the Trustees Multi-Year Plan.”

“I would like to thank trustees, staff and system partners who worked collaboratively to develop another balanced budget that strives to meet the needs of all our students,” said Kathryn Wallace, Interim Director of Education for YRDSB.

Photo: Kathryn Wallace, Interim Director of Education for YRDSB.