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Budget Summary 2018-2019

The Ottawa Catholic School Board approved, on June 12, 2018, a balanced Operating Budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year, developed in accordance with the provincial funding model, totalling $548,621,000. The budget provides for 2018-2019 enrolment of 42,900 students. This budget focuses on programs and initiatives that directly benefit students and further enhance student and staff success:

  • additional teachers (49.25 FTE) and additional EDP early childhood educators (8.4 FTE) due to enrolment growth
  • additional elementary teachers to address class sizes (12.10 FTE)
  • additional Grade 7&8 guidance counsellors (7.5 FTE)
  • additional English as a Second Language teachers (7.0 FTE)
  • additional educational assistants to support student needs (40.5)
  • building capacity in special education – new Special Education Multidisciplinary Team consisting of a Psychologist, Social Worker, Speech Language Pathologist, and Applied Behaviour Analyst (4.0 FTE). Plus an additional Applied Behaviour Analyst, 1.5 Speech and Language Pathologist, and one additional Social Worker. (3.5 FTE)
  • $400,000 for Religious Education text and digital resources, $136,000 for numeracy and literacy resources, $105,000 to support music instruction and resources at the elementary level, $100,000 for an Innovation Learning Fund for staff, $60,000 for volunteer coordination, $50,000 for employee wellness initiatives, and $30,000 for Student Senate – school based priorities
  • spending related to new Fernbank and St. Isabel elementary schools as well as additions at St. Patrick’s High School, St. Joseph High School and Holy Redeemer Elementary School.

Approximately 71% of all Board spending is to occur directly in the classroom, with a further 7% being spent outside the classroom, but at the school level, on items such as principals, vice-principals and office administrators for a total of 78%. A further 14% is directed to such items as Continuing Education, school accommodation costs, and transportation of students, as reflected in the accompanying chart entitled “Expenditures by Envelope Allocation”.

Expenditures by Envelope Allocation ($ in 000s)

  • Classroom – $388,652 71%
  • Out of Classroom (School Based) – $39,491 7%
  • Continuing Education – $7,898 1%
  • School Operations & Debt Interest – $50,052 9%
  • Transportation – $23,491 4%
  • Admin & Governance – $15,037 3%
  • Facilities Renewal – $2,919 1%
  • Amortization of Tangible Capital Assets – $21,081 4%

Expenditures by Category of Expenditure ($ in 000s)

  • Salaries & Benefits – $444,459 81%
  • Classroom Spending – $25,078 4%
  • Transportation – $23,491 4%
  • School Accommodation – $20,901 4%
  • Amortization of Tangible Capital Assets – $21,081 4%
  • Interest on Long-Term Debt – $5,629 1%
  • Administration – $4,563 1%
  • Other – $3,419 1%

About budget summaries

The information presented and groupings employed in this summary have been aggregated for purposes of presentation and brevity. Additionally, this presentation does not include adjustments for differences between the Ontario education funding model and Canadian generally accepted accounting principles for local government established by the Public Sector Accounting Board. Such differences include, but are not limited to, consolidation of controlled entities, employee future benefits, accrued interest on long-term debt, and deferred revenues. Readers requiring more information should consult the Board’s official budget document.

Capital Spending

New capital projects spending totaling $37.6 million include:

  • $8.7 million for expenditures related to a new Marchwood Lakeside (Kanata North) Elementary School;
  • $6.6 million for an addition at St. Patrick’s High School;
  • $0.5 million for an addition at Holy Redeemer Elementary School;
  • $0.3 million for expenditures related to an addition at St. Francis Xavier High School;
  • $1.2 million for school portables;
  • $1.7 million for system computer, furniture and equipment needs;
  • $4.4 million for Facilities Renewal Project spending; and
  • $12.7 million for School Condition improvement projects.

Labour Intensive

Education spending is very labour intensive, as reflected in the accompanying chart entitled “By Category of Expenditure”. For 2018-2019, salaries and benefits for teaching and non-teaching staff will comprise 81% of Operating expenditures. Other major costs are: transportation 4%, classroom supplies 4%, and school accommodation costs 4%. Under the funding model, virtually all revenues (96%) are received directly from the Province of Ontario in the form of government grant allocations. The remaining 4% is attributable to Government of Ontario Special Grant revenue, non-credit English Second Language program funding, Extended Day Program revenues, Continuing Education tuition fees and community use of school revenues.