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French public school board approves balanced budget

The Conseil scolaire public du Nord-Est de l’Ontario (CSPNE) has approved a balanced budget for the upcoming school year.

In a release, the CSPNE says that the 5 percent budget increase falls in line with the board’s objectives in the 2017-21 strategic plan which aims to.

The board, which has two schools in Sturgeon Falls, expects an increase of 14 students this year.

The 2020-21 budget factors in the impact of having online course requirements, plus sets aside money for a student support fund. The board also plans on filling nine additional staffing positions because of additional funding from the Ministry of Education.

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Denis Labelle, Chair for the board, says that he and his colleagues are pleased with the budget despite the hardships of COVID-19.

“The Board’s budget process is rigorous and focused on achieving targeted outcomes for the 2020-2021 school year, despite the uncertainties associated with the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.

The CSPNE’s approved budget for the 2020-21 year totals $53,479,643.

The board does not have an official return to school plan released to the public; however, a plan was unveiled by the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit regarding all school boards in the area.

The Health Unit’s resources can be found here.

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