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Public board passes balanced budget

The public school board has approved a balanced operating budget of about $351 million for the coming school year.

“In my view, this is a good news budget for our schools and students,” said Martha Rogers, director of education at the Upper Grand District School Board.

“Thanks go to all senior staff for holding the line where required, reducing where appropriate and for their vision of where to increase our supports for students and to increase operation efficiency,” Rogers said in a news release.

The new operating budget, approved by trustees on June 24, includes an increase in educational assistants and special education teachers at the board.

Among other things, there is also increased funding for professional development for teachers as well as for support staff to introduce an electronic document management system.

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