Review of Chignecto-Central Regional School Board2012–13Budget
The Minister of Education sent a letter of appointment on April 12th asking me toreview the budgeting practices of the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board,with particular reference to the proposed 2012–2013 budget, and to considerwhat other options the board may have in regard to meeting its 2012–2013budget targets. Although I am employed by the province, in the Treasury BoardOffice, the following comments, observations, views, and recommendations aremy own and should not be ascribed to the province or taken to be the province’sposition in regard to these matters.As the review was in relation to the board’s decisions and process, whereverpossible I have used statistics and figures supplied by the board and themethodology applied by the board for analysis in this report. There are otherstatistics and figures published by the province, other boards, and third parties,but to be consistent with the information which would have been available to theboard, I have used their numbers whenever possible.I would particularly like to acknowledge the board Chair, board members, andboard staff who made themselves available in regard to interviews, questions, orinformation requests without reservation and on very short notice. Theseindividuals provided their responses, thoughts, views, and opinions in a very openmanner on a subject that was obviously difficult for them, given their investmentin the subject and the process that brought the board to its eventual decisions.