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Toronto Catholic District School Board


Translatable Bud​get Survey


Please note that this document is for reference only. The survey is only available online. However, if you wish to provide feedback, you can send your comments and suggestions to budget@tcdsb.org.

The Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) remains committed to supporting our staff and students during these unusual times. While we understand that nothing remains business as usual due to COVID-19 at this time, we are still obligated to move ahead with our 2020-2021 budget preparations. The Ministry of Education requires all school boards to submit a balanced budget by June 30, 2020. As such, we invite all stakeholders to participate in our budget consultation for the 2020-21 fiscal year.  We are asking that you take the opportunity to provide us with your input.  Our hope is that you will identify the areas that are a priority to you and your child’s school.

For each of the following statements by survey category, please identify to what extent you agree or disagree.  If you wish to identify areas that require additional investment or improvement, please complete the open comment sections. 

The TCDSB will consider the feedback received and make decisions with this feedback in mind.  All information collected remains anonymous.


1. Please check all that apply to you: 

  • Current Parent/Guardian of TCDSB student Elementary
  • Current Parent/Guardian of TCDSB student Secondary
  • TCDSB Staff
  • TCDSB Student
  • Catholic Ratepayer
  • Other (or prefer not to indicate)

If you are completing this survey on behalf of a Catholic School Parent Council (CSPC). Please identify your school. Identify CSPC if applicable.

 

2. Toronto Catholic District School Board is required under the Education Act to have a balanced budget.  Currently, the anticipated Grants for Student Needs for 2020-21 are expected to maintain an overall status quo position with minor adjustments. The minor adjustments are the result of inflationary cost adjustments and any costs associated with collective agreements reached by the Provincial Bargaining Table between the Ministry of Education, Bargaining Trustees’ Associations and Employees’ Union Groups.

The TCDSB remains committed to delivering the best education service delivery model within the funding parameters. Your participation in this budget consultation helps inform the Board of Trustees on the manner in which the existing funds can best serve student achievement and well-being.

Of the cost areas related to Elementary Schools listed below (in alphabetical order), please provide a score from 1 to 13. 1 being the most important from your perspective and 13 being less important.

*5th Block is a small group literacy intervention for struggling readers in Grade 1 to Grade 2, who do not qualify for special education. Fifth block students gain the skills, strategies, and confidence necessary to read at their respective grade level.

  • Child and Youth Workers
  • Classroom Teachers - Guidance counselors
  • Classroom Textbooks and Supplies
  • Classroom Teachers - English as a Second Language
  • Classroom Teachers – Literacy – 5th Block Teachers*
  • Classroom Teachers - Special Education
  • Education Assistants
  • Library Technicians
  • ​Lunchroom Supervisors
  • Psychologists                                                                                                     
  • Social workers
  • Speech & Language Pathologists
  • Technology Support Professionals

 

3. Of the cost areas related to Secondary Schools listed below (in alphabetical order), please provide a score from 1 to 12. 1 being the most important from your perspective and 12 being less important. 

  • Child & Youth Workers
  • Classroom Teachers - Guidance
  • Classroom Textbooks and Supplies
  • Classroom Teachers – Library
  • ​Classroom Teachers - Special Education                                                 
  • Education Assistants
  • Psychologists
  • ​Social workers                                                                                                                         
  • Speech & Language Pathologists
  • Student Supervisors
  • Teacher Chaplains
  • Technology Support Professionals

 

4. If additional funds are received of the cost areas related to Elementary Schools listed below (in alphabetical order), please provide a score from 1 to 13. 1 being most important for re-investments and 13 being least important for re-investments.

*5th Block is a small group literacy intervention for struggling readers in Grade 1 to Grade 2, who do not qualify for special education. Fifth block students gain the skills, strategies, and confidence necessary to read at their respective grade level.

  • Child and Youth Workers                                                              
  • Classroom Teachers - Guidance counselors
  • Classroom Textbooks and Supplies
  • ​Classroom Teachers - English as a Second Language                         
  • Classroom Teachers – Literacy – 5th Block Teachers*
  • ​Classroom Teachers - Special Education     
  • Education Assistants (655.3 FTE budget of 38.0M)                                                                
  • Library Technicians
  • ​Lunchroom Supervisors        
  • Pyschologists
  • Social workers                                                           
  • Speech & Language Pathologists                                               
  • Technology Support Professionals

 

5. If additional funds are received of the cost areas related to Secondary Schools listed below (in alphabetical order), please provide a score from 1 to 12. 1 being most important for re-investments and 12 being least important for re-investments.

  • ​Child & Youth Workers              
  • Classroom Teachers - Guidance                                                                                     
  • Classroom Textbooks and Supplies                                                                                      
  • Classroom Teachers – Library                                                                       
  • Classroom Teachers - Special Education                         
  • Education Assistants                                                                                                                
  • Psychologists                                                                        
  • Social workers                                            
  • Speech & Language Pathologists                 
  • Student Supervisors
  • Teacher Chaplains                                                 
  • Technology Support Professionals

 

6. The Toronto Catholic District School Board believes in the critical role that our Catholic schools and facilities play in promoting environmental responsibility and providing leadership and direction for the protection and conservation of the environment, including the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

In order to achieve an eventual goal of net zero emissions, annual investments in measures to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in our schools should be made, recognizing that the payback on these investments may take several years.

  • Strongly Disagree
  • Disagree
  • Agree
  • Strongly Agree

 

7. What additional strategic investments should TCDSB consider making in the classroom to support student success?

 

8. The Board is always looking for ways to be more fiscally efficient.  Please share your top two suggestions.

  • Suggestion 1
  • Suggestion 2

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To complete the survey online, click here.