TDSB passes 2011/2012 operating budget

Community Jun 23, 2011 East York Mirror

After some heated debate, school trustees approved next year’s operating budget during the final Toronto District School Board (TDSB) meeting of the term and allowed for an increase in funding for a program benefitting inner-city youth.

The source of tension on the ratification of the $2.88-billion budget was a last-minute motion by trustee Sheila Cary-Meagher for the board to provide increased funding for the board’s Model Schools for Inner Cities, an award-winning initiative that benefits students who come from low-income households.

Cary-Meagher argued that the program had now expanded to include 150 schools, necessitating a “cost of living increase” of $425,000 to be drawn from other programs.?She asked for $275,000 of the money to come from the board’s Vision of Hope plan with the remainder to come from the TDSB’s legal department.

The program is responsible for offering hearing and vision screenings, providing nutrition programs and offering parenting workshops as well as other initiatives. It impacts thousands of students living in the 13 priority neighbourhoods as designated by the city.

Despite the accolades the program has received, Cary-Meagher said it had not received any increases in funding over the course of its three years of existence.

“Every year, you’ve said ‘no’,” said the trustee representing Beaches-East York. “The program is in need and has delivered for the board amazing results.”

This in turn led a number of trustees to charge that Cary-Meagher’s request for funding “came out of the blue” and that the program could rely on subsidies from outside the board.?Elizabeth Moyer said she supported the program, having volunteered serving breakfast at a school in her ward, but couldn’t stomach the idea of other important programs losing funding.

“My concern is we’re cutting budgets and we don’t know the impacts to the students,” said Moyer, who represents Scarborough Southwest.?Micheal Coteau, who also voted against the motion, said he’d rather see more support for schools in all regions.

“There are schools with 250 kids that have to work with budgets of $50,000,” said Coteau, trustee for Don Valley East. “Let’s support universal programs.”?An amendment to Cary-Meagher’s motion by Cathy Dandy, that mandated the money for the program be found without impacting other departments, was withdrawn by the trustee from Toronto-Danforth after she was told by staff such a move would cause the budget to run a deficit.

In the end, the motion passed by a narrow margin paving the way for the passage of the main document. 

TDSB passes 2011/2012 operating budget

Program benefitting inner-city youth gets funding

Community Jun 23, 2011 East York Mirror

After some heated debate, school trustees approved next year’s operating budget during the final Toronto District School Board (TDSB) meeting of the term and allowed for an increase in funding for a program benefitting inner-city youth.

The source of tension on the ratification of the $2.88-billion budget was a last-minute motion by trustee Sheila Cary-Meagher for the board to provide increased funding for the board’s Model Schools for Inner Cities, an award-winning initiative that benefits students who come from low-income households.

Cary-Meagher argued that the program had now expanded to include 150 schools, necessitating a “cost of living increase” of $425,000 to be drawn from other programs.?She asked for $275,000 of the money to come from the board’s Vision of Hope plan with the remainder to come from the TDSB’s legal department.

The program is responsible for offering hearing and vision screenings, providing nutrition programs and offering parenting workshops as well as other initiatives. It impacts thousands of students living in the 13 priority neighbourhoods as designated by the city.

Despite the accolades the program has received, Cary-Meagher said it had not received any increases in funding over the course of its three years of existence.

“Every year, you’ve said ‘no’,” said the trustee representing Beaches-East York. “The program is in need and has delivered for the board amazing results.”

This in turn led a number of trustees to charge that Cary-Meagher’s request for funding “came out of the blue” and that the program could rely on subsidies from outside the board.?Elizabeth Moyer said she supported the program, having volunteered serving breakfast at a school in her ward, but couldn’t stomach the idea of other important programs losing funding.

“My concern is we’re cutting budgets and we don’t know the impacts to the students,” said Moyer, who represents Scarborough Southwest.?Micheal Coteau, who also voted against the motion, said he’d rather see more support for schools in all regions.

“There are schools with 250 kids that have to work with budgets of $50,000,” said Coteau, trustee for Don Valley East. “Let’s support universal programs.”?An amendment to Cary-Meagher’s motion by Cathy Dandy, that mandated the money for the program be found without impacting other departments, was withdrawn by the trustee from Toronto-Danforth after she was told by staff such a move would cause the budget to run a deficit.

In the end, the motion passed by a narrow margin paving the way for the passage of the main document. 

TDSB passes 2011/2012 operating budget

Program benefitting inner-city youth gets funding

Community Jun 23, 2011 East York Mirror

After some heated debate, school trustees approved next year’s operating budget during the final Toronto District School Board (TDSB) meeting of the term and allowed for an increase in funding for a program benefitting inner-city youth.

The source of tension on the ratification of the $2.88-billion budget was a last-minute motion by trustee Sheila Cary-Meagher for the board to provide increased funding for the board’s Model Schools for Inner Cities, an award-winning initiative that benefits students who come from low-income households.

Cary-Meagher argued that the program had now expanded to include 150 schools, necessitating a “cost of living increase” of $425,000 to be drawn from other programs.?She asked for $275,000 of the money to come from the board’s Vision of Hope plan with the remainder to come from the TDSB’s legal department.

The program is responsible for offering hearing and vision screenings, providing nutrition programs and offering parenting workshops as well as other initiatives. It impacts thousands of students living in the 13 priority neighbourhoods as designated by the city.

Despite the accolades the program has received, Cary-Meagher said it had not received any increases in funding over the course of its three years of existence.

“Every year, you’ve said ‘no’,” said the trustee representing Beaches-East York. “The program is in need and has delivered for the board amazing results.”

This in turn led a number of trustees to charge that Cary-Meagher’s request for funding “came out of the blue” and that the program could rely on subsidies from outside the board.?Elizabeth Moyer said she supported the program, having volunteered serving breakfast at a school in her ward, but couldn’t stomach the idea of other important programs losing funding.

“My concern is we’re cutting budgets and we don’t know the impacts to the students,” said Moyer, who represents Scarborough Southwest.?Micheal Coteau, who also voted against the motion, said he’d rather see more support for schools in all regions.

“There are schools with 250 kids that have to work with budgets of $50,000,” said Coteau, trustee for Don Valley East. “Let’s support universal programs.”?An amendment to Cary-Meagher’s motion by Cathy Dandy, that mandated the money for the program be found without impacting other departments, was withdrawn by the trustee from Toronto-Danforth after she was told by staff such a move would cause the budget to run a deficit.

In the end, the motion passed by a narrow margin paving the way for the passage of the main document.