The good news is the Near North District School Board‘s budget is balanced.

However, there are difficult decisions that lie ahead.

Board chair David Thompson says they’re trying to minimize the impact on staff through attrition and retirements, but…

He also says while the board has been good at consolidating schools, they have to look at more.

Thompson says the ministry’s direction is to reward boards that consolidate schools.

Deliberations on the budget are coming up, starting with a public meeting next Monday.

The budget figure will be announced at that session.