Balanced Books for Catholic School Board


The Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board has balanced its books for the upcoming school year.

The board tabled its 2019-2020 draft budget two weeks ago and passed the final document with no changes at its regular meeting Tuesday night.

Chair Fulvio Valentinis says with the many cuts rolled out by the Doug Ford led Progressive Conservative government, presenting a balanced document is an accomplishment in and of itself.

Government funding for faith-based programming has been removed, but the board will continue to deliver Catholic education by spending an additional $992,000 to keep the services intact.

Special needs remain a focus for the board as well — $3.6-million above what's received in funding will be spent to ensure special needs students get the education and care they need.

Valentinis says, "This is a responsible budget that puts us on solid financial ground and allows us to provide the excellent service that our students and their families have come to expect from us."

The total budget came in at just under $260-million.