The Upper Grand District School Board has released it’s budget for the 2017-18 school year.
Trustees approved the balanced operating budget, totaling almost 388-million, 475-thousand dollars. The budget also sees a 1.5 percent increase in the salary benchmark.
Elementary staffing will be increased by 38 of Full Time Equivalent positions, due to the increase in enrollment.
FTE increases are also seen in an extra 14-Educational Assistants, 13 more Secondary Staff members, and another 4 hires in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at GCVI.
The board will also increase their Custodial Positions with another 6 staff members.
In addition, the budget includes 100-thousand dollars in proposed spending to assist children who cannot afford to participate in programs or extra curricular activities, as well as maintaining funding for the transportation of rural students.
The UGDSB has also released statistics regarding the enrollment of students at their schools for next year.
14-percent of elementary schools will see classrooms overcrowded – 5 of which are in Guelph – while 7-Guelph Schools fall under the Underutilized Category.
Only 2 of the secondary schools in the board are considered overcrowded, both of which are in Guelph (GCVI and Centennial CVI).
Two fall into the underutilized category – those being Norwell DSS in Palmerston and Wellington Heights Secondary in Mount Forest.
For a full breakdown of the budget and staffing details, check the Board website at http://www.ugdsb.on.ca/