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Features of the 2018-19 school year budget

For Immediate Release
June 28, 2018


GUELPH, Ontario – The Upper Grand District School Board has passed the 2018-19 school year budget.

The budget is balanced and compliant with Ministry requirements. Trustees approved an Operating Budget of $401,347,488. The 2018-19 Capital Budget was approved at $55,643,680.

Provincial context

The Ministry of Education announced the 2018-19 Grants for Student Needs (GSN) on March 26, along with some of the Education Program – Other (EPO) grants. Funding is included that provides partial support for increased transportation and commodity prices.

In order to support the continued implementation of 2017-19 centrally negotiated labour agreements, the GSN included funding for a 1.5% salary benchmark increase, class size investments, and Local Priorities Funding to support staff investments introduced in 2017-18. Funding has also been provided to support the transition to provincial benefits trusts for employee health, life and dental benefits.

GSN and EPO announcements included funding for a multi-disciplinary team to build board capacity and help school staff with the unique needs of students, funding to provide additional mental health workers in schools, and funding to hire additional guidance teachers.

In the Upper Grand DSB

The UGDSB enrolment projections for 2018-19 indicate growth in the elementary panel. Enrolment projections in secondary remain essentially flat. Since many grants are based on number of students, the board’s projected higher enrolment for 2018-19 has a positive impact on most grants received.

Elementary staffing increases by 32.4 FTE due to increases in enrolment and changes in class size requirements for Kindergarten and Junior/Intermediate classes. Secondary staffing stays essentially flat, due to relatively flat enrolment.

Additional supports: The budget includes the addition of 44 FTE Educational Assistants (permanent and temporary), which reflects the increasing need to provide support to students with special needs. The budget also adds an ASD Facilitator to assist students with special needs, four FTE Itinerant Mental Health Clinicians and additional Communication Disorder Assistants. The number of Early Childhood Educators increases by five FTE to reflect the number of JK/SK classes in 2018-19 that exceed 15 students.

The net increases in Board Administration FTE is primarily driven by changes in Human Resources, including a Manager of Secondary Recruitment and Staffing and additional support for pensions and benefits.

The UGDSB budget includes $100,000 in proposed spending to assist children who cannot afford to participate in programs or activities, and maintains funding for transporting rural students to sports events and school groups to provincial or international competitions.

 About the Upper Grand District School Board

The Upper Grand District School Board serves approximately 34,000 students through 65 elementary schools and 11 secondary schools in the City of Guelph, County of Wellington and County of Dufferin. The UGDSB covers the ancestral and traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Six Nations of the Grand River, and Saugeen Ojibway Nation Territories. Student success is the goal of over 3,000 dedicated teaching and support staff who are aided by the contributions of caring volunteers and community partners.

Learn, Lead, Inspire…Together

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Media contact:

Heather Loney
Communications and Community Engagement Officer
Upper Grand District School Board
519-822-4420 ext.725
heather.loney@ugdsb.on.ca

Megan Sicoli
Administrative Officer, Communications
Upper Grand District School Board
<519-822-4420 ext.764
megan.sicoli@ugdsb.on.ca

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