July 28, 2020
Peel board approves student-focused, balanced budget for 2020-21
Peel District School Board (PDSB) Supervisor Bruce Rodrigues approved a balanced, operating budget of $1.96 billion for the 2020-21 school year, subject to Ministry of Education approval.
In his remarks at the Supplementary Meeting of the Board on July 28, 2020, PDSB Supervisor Bruce Rodrigues shared, "This budget supports the Peel District School Board's commitment to student achievement, anti-Black, African, Caribbean racism, anti-Islamophobia, equity, anti-oppression and well-being initiatives, as identified in its strategic plan, the Plan for Student Success. The board's student-focused budget for 2020-21 demonstrates fiscal responsibility, ensuring funds directly support the work of staff to make a positive difference in the lives of Peel board students."
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020-21 budget was developed through a modified consultation process that included input from employee group leaders, school administrators, the senior leadership team and trustees. The Board also sought input from staff, parents/guardians, School Council members, students and community members through an online survey.
As part of budget development, priority was placed on maintaining frontline staff and supporting the Peel board's most vulnerable students. Guided by input received during consultation and Ministry of Education directives, primarily focused on eliminating anti-Black racism and other forms of discrimination in the Peel board, the 2020-21 budget supports the following ongoing and one-time enhancements:
With the operating budget focusing on meeting program delivery, the Peel board also approved an additional $5.48 million from reserves to support one-time business cases that primarily support students with special needs and transportation cost increases.
- Adding 125 classroom teachers
- Adding 95 educational assistants (EA) and 31 long-term occasional (LTO) educational assistants (LTO) to support students with special needs
- Employment System Review (Ministry directive)
- Human Resource centralized applicant tracking (Ministry directive)
- Special Assistant to Director of Education, Governance and Board Services (Ministry directive)
- Outreach Officer (Ministry directive)
- Feminine hygiene products for secondary schools
- Support for culturally responsive and management training for staff
Note to media: Download the full text of Supervisor Rodrigues' budget remarks.