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Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board Trustees approve balanced budget for 2020-21

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 (Brantford) - Today, at a Special Meeting of the Board, following the recommendation from the Budget Committee, Trustees of the Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board approved a balanced budget of $141.6 million for the 2020-21 school year. This includes a capital budget of about $4.6 million.

The 2020-21 budget is approximately $7.0 million more than the 2019-20 school board budget of $134,611,244 ($134.6M).

With the new Strategic Plan ready to launch in September, the budget was developed to provide support for the district's new direction and priorities.

"As Trustees, we are pleased to be able to, once again, demonstrate our fiscal responsibility and pass a balanced budget that serves and supports all members of our school district," said Chair of the Board, Rick Petrella. "With uncertain times in front of us, our community can have faith that we are able to meet our financial obligations and stay on track to invest in new projects that support student success as well as important health and safety initiatives."

Other highlights of the 2020-21 budget include:

  • Change in class size at the secondary school level, from 23.5:1 to 23:1.
  • Return of funding to support the learning needs of students enabling additional supports to special education.
  • Investments in literacy/numeracy, STEM, and a strategic focus in technology.
  • Considerations related to re-opening of schools within the current COVID-19 reality, namely health and safety.  

The board is on track to welcome 101 more elementary and 138 more secondary students in September over last year. "Our board continues to grow, and our commitment to re-invest in our students was at the centre of our budget for the coming year," said Chair of the Board, Rick Petrella. “The Board has also been able to maintain our $19.3M surplus.”

The full budget report can be accessed on the Board’s website: http://www.bhncdsb.ca/sites/content/files/resources/agenda_BD_spec_20200805.pdf

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For more information about this media release: Catholic Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board Trustees approve balanced budget for 2020-21, please contact:

  • Rick Petrella, Chair of the Board  |  rpetrella@bhncdsb.ca  |  226-388-1548
  • Scott Keys, Superintendent of Business and Treasurer |  skeys@bhncdsb.ca

For more information about the Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board contact:
Tracey Austin, Manager of Communications and Community Relations  |  taustin@bhncdsb.ca  |  519-732-5282, taustin@bhncdsb.ca