The Halton Catholic District School Board maintains a strong financial position and we take great pride in being fiscally responsible and allocating resources efficiently and effectively to focus on our students. Resources however are limited as to how they can be spent. This is also compounded by the fact that our Board receives the lowest amount of funding per pupil among all publicly funded school boards in Ontario.
In light of these challenges, our Board must make decisions each year on where to direct these limited resources. As part of our budgetary process, we are consulting with the members of our community to gather feedback, which will help to guide and inform the budget process.
How We Gathered Feedback
Feedback was gathered through three (3) methods:
1. Telephone Town Hall
A Budget Telephone Town Hall session was held on April 25, 2017, which provided a brief overview of the budget process, and invited parents to share their thoughts, ask questions to trustees and senior staff, and participate in a poll. Listen to a recording of the Telephone Town Hall.
View feedback received through the Telephone Town Hall.
2. Online Survey
Parents and members of the community were offered an opportunity to share their perspective by completing an online survey. Click here to view the survey results.
Stakeholders were invited to share their thoughts and comments by email to Aaron Lofts, Senior Administrator, Financial Services. Read the full Information Report to the Board - Budget Consultation Process.
At the April 4th and April 18th, Regular Meetings of the Halton Catholic District School Board, the Board of Trustees held two (2) Budget Strategy Sessions.
The first session provided an overview of the budget process, outlined Ministry of Education requirements with respect to school board budgets, and showed ways that the budget is aligned with our Strategic Plan.
The second session outlined current budget challenges and priorities, and presented for consideration potential cost savings and revenue generating initiatives. For more information, read the Budget Information Summary here.
Timeline & Process