A preliminary budget report for the 2012-2013 school year shows the Sudbury Catholic District School Board is still on track to eliminate its deficit a few years from now.
According to the report, which was presented to Sudbury Catholic trustees at their Sept. 17 meeting, only two areas were overbudget.
Those were the human resources department, primarily due to high legal costs, and transportation, which was less than one per cent more than the expected costs.
A final budget report will be presented to the trustees in October, before it's submitted to the province later this fall.
The board currently has a $4.2-million accumulated deficit. Under a recovery plan set out by the board over the past year, the accumulated deficit would come in at $3.3 million in 2013-2014, $1.4 million in 2014-2015 and be eliminated by 2015-2016.
As the board tackles the deficit, they've had to make cuts in several areas, including reducing the number of vice-principal positions by about four and reducing the number of people working in the facility department by about seven.
“We've met the target for the first year of that recovery plan, which is great news,” said board chair Jody Cameron.
“I'm very happy about that. It was a difficult year. A lot of work went into that. The worst is behind us. We've met our targets, and going forward, it's going to be much easier.”