Catholic Board Projecting Balanced Budget For Upcoming School Year

For the first time in years, the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board is seeing its enrolment picture improve.

The 2018-19 final draft budget shows a projected increase of 106 pupils at the board.

Trustees have been presented with a balanced budget of $259.7-million thanks to shifting over $1.16-million from the board's accumulated surplus reserve which is expected to sit at just over $13.2-million at the end of the 2017-18 school year.

"This is a very good budget. It's a strong budget," says Board Chair Barb Holland. "It's a student focused budget where no cuts were made to student programming and it is wonderful to be able to say that and I think I've been saying this for years, parents like what we're doing at our schools so our enrolment continues to climb."

Holland says international students are playing a big part in the increased enrolment.

"The wonderful thing about this that we're all enjoying so much is these kids come to us and we're thinking they have so much to learn from us and we're finding out the opposite. We have so much to learn from them. So there's a lot of exchange of ideas that benefits everybody culturally, educationally and it's taking a foothold at this board."

The board of trustees is expected to adopt the final budget at its June 25 meeting — the public is encouraged to give feedback at the Catholic school board's website before that date.


— with files from AM800's Ricardo Veneza