TVDSB Board of Trustees approve budget supporting learning recovery and equity

Posted On Wednesday June 22, 2022

The Thames Valley District School Board of Trustees approved a budget of $1.1 billion for the fiscal year 2022-2023.

The budget is fully compliant with Ministry of Education requirements and supports TVDSB’s Strategic Priorities, Operational Plan and the values of the Board of Trustees and the community.

“Trustees are pleased to pass a compliant budget of $1.1 billion dollars that we are confident will support the needs of our students”, said Trustee Corrine Rahman, Chair of the Planning and Priorities Advisory Committee. “This budget was a combination of the hard work of TVDSB staff in finding operational efficiencies, public input from the community, and the Board of Trustees in finding opportunities to support equitable access to programs for our students.”

A one-time system investment of $350,000 was allocated to Four Full Time Equivalent (FTE) positions to support special education as either Learning Support Teachers (LST) or Board Certified Behaviour Analysts (BCBA)

“These additional staffing allocations will support our students in Special Education who continue to be challenged by the affects of the global pandemic”, said Lori-Ann Pizzolatto, TVDSB Board Chair.

Additionally, a one-time system investment of $100,000 has been allocated for the purchase of technology devices for student use.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for students to be digitally articulate and have access to the devices which make it possible to incorporate the learning more frequently”, says Trustee Peter Cuddy.

Highlights of the 2022-23 Budget

  • The 2022-23 budget also reflects staff changes related to a significant increase in enrolment due to the recovery from the impact of COVID-19, along with an increase in migration from other parts of Ontario.
  • Additional staff supports allocated to a one-year $11.2 million COVID-19 related Learning Recovery grant.
  • Priorities and Partnerships funds ($3.5 million) for Tutoring Supports to address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • In support of the Operational Plan, two new Full Time Equivalent (FTE)) positions related to Equity will be created:
    • Indigenous Education Teacher on Special Assignment
    • System Principal for Equity

The 2022-23 budget was guided by the Board’s mission, vision, Strategic Plan, Operational Plan, and public input.

The preliminary budget was presented at the Special Planning and Priorities Advisory Committee meeting on May 31, 2022, with final Board debate and approval the Special Board meeting taking place on June 21, 2022.