Ontario Focuses On Further School Boards Savings
McGuinty Government Committed To Protecting Gains In Education
Ontario will begin consultations to find ways to reduce administrative expenses, streamline services and find savings in the province's school boards to help preserve funding for the classroom.
With enrolment down significantly since 2003 and projected to continue to decline in the coming years, Ontario needs to focus limited taxpayer dollars on the classroom rather than administration and back-office expenses.
In consultation with education partners -- parents, school boards, and teachers -- Ontario is hoping to find savings of $10 million in non-classroom expenditures in 2013-14.
Ontario has a history of working together with school boards to find savings and efficiencies in student transportation, library book purchasing and capital financing. Some school boards may want to look at amalgamating with a nearby board to reduce administrative and back-office expenses, allowing them to focus more resources on student achievement.
Reducing administrative costs is just one of several steps the McGuinty government is taking to protect gains made in education while continuing to roll-out full-day kindergarten, maintain small class sizes and preserve 20,000 teacher and support staff jobs.
- Since 2003, enrolment in Ontario has declined by 128,000 students.
- The consultation will launch in fall 2012. Implementation will begin for the 2013-14 school year.
- Across Ontario there are 72 district school boards with about 5,300 directors of education, supervisory officers and board administrative staff.
- Ontario is not considering a merger of public and separate school boards.
- The proposed 2012-13 Grants for Student Needs is approximately $21 billion - up $6.5 billion, or 45 per cent, since 2003.
“Our approach to this important discussion will not be driven by ideology, it will be driven by what makes sense. Our approach will not be driven by preconceived ideas, but instead by genuine consultation. We need to hear from our trustee, parent, teacher, staff and school board partners because they are local experts who know what makes sense for their communities.”