Toronto

TDSB avoids scrapping music programs to balance budget

The Toronto District School Board voted on Wednesday night to make cuts to maintenance and caretaking, instead of a controversial proposal that would have seen two dozen music teachers out of jobs.

School board decides on cuts to maintenance and fewer summer school students

The Toronto District School Board voted on Wednesday night to make cuts to maintenance and caretaking, instead of a controversial proposal that would have seen two dozen music teachers out of jobs.

The TDSB needed to erase $27 million in costs from next year's operating budget, but parents and students came out to voice concerns about cutting music programs.

"That wasn't very popular with parents and students and I guess trustees felt the passion of the people, so what they've decided instead is a long menu of cuts," said TDSB spokesperson Shari Schwartz-Maltz.

In addition to maintenance and caretaking, reduced supplies and fewer summer students are also among those listed.

The TDSB still needs to figure out where they'll cut an additional $10.5 million and says they'll do that throughout the year.

Discussions surrounding the selling-off of TDSB properties were also discussed Wednesday night by trustees behind closed doors.

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