March 31, 2016

Peel board seeks input to help develop its 2016-17 school year budget

Input to be collected through online survey, School Council consultation, delegations

The Peel District School Board is seeking input from staff, parents, students and community members to help shape its 2016-17 school year budget. Input will be collected through a School Council consultation process, delegations and an online survey.

"The Peel board has a long history of fiscal responsibility, focused on a mission to inspire success, confidence and hope in each student," says Janet McDougald, chair of the board. "Through our board goal to use resources effectively to enhance student achievement, we have been able to do so in an efficient and sustainable manner, while supporting the needs of all learners. We're proud of this and look forward to hearing from members of our community about what budget priorities they wish the board to focus on."

To provide input, individuals may:

  • Delegate the board of trustees at Regular Meetings of the Board on April 26, 2016, or May 10, 2016. To present to trustees at these meetings, individuals must contact the Director's Office at 905-890-1010 (or 1-800-668-1146) ext. 2010, and complete the board's Request to Delegate Registration Form.
  • Provide input through their school's School Council if they are a Peel board parent/guardian. Parents/guardians should contact their School Council chair to find out when budget consultation will be discussed at an upcoming meeting.
  • Complete a brief, online survey at www.peelschools.org/BUDGET by May 13, 2016.

Notes McDougald, "It's important to note that approximately 95 per cent of the Peel board's revenue is provided directly from the Ministry of Education through the Grants for Student Needs (GSN) funding that is based on enrolment and the specific needs of students in each school board. So, the majority of school board funding must be used for the purpose that it was granted—e.g. facilities operating costs and salaries. There are, however, areas of the budget where input can be sought. This is where our communities' input comes in."

Members of the community are encouraged to refer to the Peel board's Report Card for Student Success, before providing input, in an effort to align their ideas with the board's strategic plan, goals and key priorities. The online survey and additional resources are available at www.peelschools.org/BUDGET

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Media Contact:  Janet McDougald, Chair of the Board, 905-278-1402, janet.mcdougald@peelsb.com
Reference:  Carla Pereira, Manager of Communications, 905-890-1010 (or 1-800-668-1146) ext. 2814, carla.pereira@peelsb.com


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