Cuts coming to schools in Oakville, Burlington, Milton as Board needs to eliminate $7.7 million deficit

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Published February 6, 2024 at 12:15 pm

The Halton District School Board has some tough budget decisions ahead and they’re looking for input from families in Burlington, Oakville, Milton and Halton Hills.

“As we try to eliminate this deficit to balance our budget, we are seeking input to help us understand how we can minimize impact and achieve our financial goals,” said Roxana Negoi, Superintendent of Business Services and Treasurer for the HDSB, about the budget development process for the 2024-2025 school year.

Individuals are encouraged to provide input through an online survey on the budget input page of the HDSB’s website by Feb. 26 at 4 p.m.

“Over the past few years, the education sector has been presented with unprecedented challenges and funding pressures,” said a Board spokesperson.

“It is also expected that elementary and secondary student enrolment in the region will decline next year. With student enrolment as the main driver of funding for the school board, this will result in lost revenue.”

The HDSB has budgeted for a $7.7 million deficit in the current year and is required by regulation to eliminate this deficit next school year.

“We are looking to identify savings and efficiencies to meet the regulatory requirement to balance our budget, while continuing to make investments in strategic priorities.”

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