Chignecto-Central Regional School Board passes 2012-2013 budget

Media Release - Wednesday, June 13, 2012 – Truro, NS – The Chignecto-Central Regional School Board (CCRSB) approved the 2012-2013 budget, this evening, during its regular board meeting at Elmsdale District Elementary School.

“Our board finds itself in an untenable position,” says Trudy Thompson, CCRSB Chair. “Once again, the budget cut imposed by the Province has forced us to in turn make cuts that our system cannot afford, that we do not want to make. This year, the cuts run much deeper and further, affecting the entire school board.”

On February 10, the Nova Scotia Minister of Education, Ramona Jennex, announced a 1.7% provincial budget cut for CCRSB for the 2012-2013 budget year. At the same time, the Board was directed to absorb cost pressures, including increases in fuel and electricity, negotiated wage increases and inflationary costs.

The overall funding reduction, plus net cost pressures means a $6.5 million budgetary shortfall for 2012-2013. That shortfall adds up to lay-offs and an impact inside the classroom.

“We have done our best with this budget to insulate our students,” says Keith MacKenzie, CCRSB Vice-Chair. “We have worked to protect as many programs and services as possible, but with a $6.5 million reduction we had to make some very difficult choices. The cuts we had to make will be felt in the schools.”

To balance the 2012-2013 budget, in accordance with Department of Education directives, CCRSB has cut 127 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) positions – including a partial elimination of Library Services – and closed all Adult High Schools in the board.

Break-down:

  • Nova Scotia Teacher’s Union – 54.8 FTE
  • Nova Scotia Government Employee’s Union – 48.7
  • Canadian Union of Public Employees – 20.5
  • Non-union staff – 3

“Reductions were taken in all areas of the school board: from teachers, educational assistants and librarians, to supplies, professional development, major maintenance and the closure of all the Adult High Schools. This is not an easy time for our staff or our students as they watch their teachers and colleagues leave, and their services get reduced,” says Thompson. “Sustaining these reductions over the long-term is a concern of this Board and one that will only increase should we face similar budget reductions next year.”

The 2012-2013 budget document will be available online at www.ccrsb.ca in the coming days.

The Chignecto-Central Regional School Board is comprised of 17 board members and over 3,000 staff all striving to develop independent, lifelong learners in a student-centered environment, with high expectations for all. CCRSB serves approximately 22,000 students from Primary to Grade 12, throughout the counties of East Hants, Colchester, Cumberland and Pictou.

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For more information, contact:
Debbie Buott-Matheson, Communications Manager
Chignecto-Central Regional School Board
902-897-8911