NEWS RELEASE

Ministry Acknowledgement of Salary Shortfall a Positive Step for Education

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Toronto, June 13, 2006—“OCSTA is pleased to see a significant increase in the overall allocation for education and an acknowledgement of the salary gap problem that we have identified to the Ministry,” said Bernard Murray, President of the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association (OCSTA).

The Association, however, is concerned that the changes reflected in yesterday’s release of the Grant for Student Needs will present new issues for school boards during 2006-2007.
“School boards will lose some flexibility and that may create challenges for some boards in balancing their budgets in the year ahead,” explained Murray.

Yesterday’s announcement contains substantial changes to the way school boards are funded and it will take some time for boards to calculate the impact of these changes on their bottom lines. OCSTA will continue to monitor and analyse the impact of these new changes on school boards and will work closely with the Minister of Education to ensure that boards have the necessary resources to meet the needs for student success.

The Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association is the provincial voice for Catholic education. Founded in 1930, OCSTA represents Catholic school board that collectively educate more than 600,000 students in Ontario, from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12.