The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) has tabled a list of proposals aimed at addressing a $67.8-million shortfall in its budget for the upcoming school year, and a large portion of that is due to a reduction in funding from the Ontario government.

“Difficult decisions need to be made,” John Malloy, the TDSB’s director of education, told trustees during a finance, budget and enrollment committee meeting Monday afternoon, saying staff were working on budget proposals up until Monday morning.

Of the total budget shortfall, Malloy said $25.7 million is the board’s annual shortfall and $42.1 million represents a net loss from the Ministry of Education grant.

Among the proposals to save money in the board’s $3.4-billion budget are plans to cut busing services for certain groups of students (mainly French immersion and gifted students who are in programs not at their home schools), reduce the allocation of French supplementary teachers, cut the number of positions in parts of the board’s learning centres, and reorganize central administration departments.

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