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New UCDSB budget approved 

The Upper Canada District School Board approved its budget for the 2020-2021 school year. The $385.8 million budget includes almost $49 million dedicated to special education programs along with a $50 million capital works projects fund. — File photo
The Upper Canada District School Board approved its budget for the 2020-2021 school year. The $385.8 million budget includes almost $49 million dedicated to special education programs along with a $50 million capital works projects fund.
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The Upper Canada District School Board has its budget ready for the next school year.  

Trustees approved the budget during their June 2 meeting. The 2020-2021 district budget calls for $385.8 million in operations and capital projects expenses. 

Finance department staff project a possible $400,000 surplus for the budget at the end of the fiscal year if there prove to be some cost savings or additional senior government financial aid. 

Budget report highlights include $48.9 million dedicated to special education programs and services. This equals 12.8 per cent of the total district expenses for the school year. 

Other budget highlights include $1 million for mental health support for district schools, $4.6 million in support funding for the district’s Indigenous Education program, $1.2 million for ongoing remote and digital learning program support, $1.1 million invested in student technology aid, and $300,000 to support the Kemptville Apprenticeship Program. 

The district will also invest $50 million in school and childcare capital works projects, as well as additions, upgrades and retrofits to various school and district facilities. 

The budget has a $2.2 million contingency fund to support the district’s COVID-19 response plan, including needed purchases of personal protective equipment, and approved sick leaves. This is extra money allocated in the district budget and does not include the $4 million that the Education Ministry has already provided for COVID-19 response needs.