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Highlights from the January 27 Board of Trustees' Meeting
Highlights from the January 27 Board of Trustees' Meeting
Posted on 01/29/2021
UCDSB Board of Trustees

Full details on presentations, reports and discussions can be found in the agenda or reviewed in the recorded broadcast.

 

January 29, 2021 (Brockville, ON) – Trustees with the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) met virtually on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021 for a regularly scheduled board meeting.

Trustees Approve 2021-2024 Strategic Plan
Trustee David McDonald, Chair of the Accountability Framework Committee, presented the proposed draft for the UCDSB’s three-year strategic plan as well as a proposed work plan for 2021-2022.The 2021-2024 Strategic Plan will continue to focus on its CREW framework consisting of Collaboration, Resources, Educational Programming and Wellness. The 2021-2022 workplan addresses the Strategic Plan’s focus on graduation rates, staff culture, student culture and community and includes accompanied goals and reporting measures. The trustees approved both the 2021-2024 UCDSB Strategic Plan and the 2021-2022 work plan which sets the strategic plan in motion for the upcoming year.

 

UCDSB Reports 2020-2021 Projected Enrolment Numbers
Staff presented the 2020-2021 student enrolment numbers to trustees. Overall, the UCDSB is reporting a projected decrease of approximately 2.2 per cent – compared to original projections – across elementary, secondary and adult education programming.

Two areas of unexpected enrolment loss occurred in Kindergarten as well as in an increased number of elementary-aged students opting for homeschooling – two factors staff outlined are likely tied to the COVID-19 pandemic. This unexpected projected enrolment loss is consistent with the experience of other boards across Ontario. The school board’s financial impacts of lower-than-expected enrolments have largely been mitigated by stabilization funding received from the Ministry of Education during 2020 - 2021.

 

Financial Forecast Presented to Trustees
Staff presented trustees with a financial forecast for the 2020-2021 school year. The original budget anticipated a $0.2 million surplus, yet staff noted a financial shift occurred which is primarily related to increased expenses related to the Board’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, the school board is forecasting a $2.9 million deficit. The school board will access its accumulated surplus to balance the budget and remain compliant with the Ministry’s compliance requirements.

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For media inquiries, please contact:

 

Stephen Sliwa
Director of Education
Upper Canada District School Board
communications@ucdsb.on.ca

John McAllister

Chair
Upper Canada District School Board
613-213-4094


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