Ferry troubles meant only one trustee, Gail Henry of Sandspit, could attend the first school board budget meeting Monday night in Sandspit.
Good management and a bit of extra money from the government, mean the school district doesn’t have to cut as much money as expected, but it still has to reduce the budget by $218,000 Ms Henry said.
About 20 people and some school district staff attended the meeting to discuss the options for next year’s budget, she said. The School Act now allows schools to seek corporate sponsorship or partnerships for additional funding or equipment, said Ms Henry. People discussed the possibility without taking a strong stand for or against such a move.
District staff also affirmed that the district will only pay to bus students enrolled in Grades 11 and 12 because Sandspit offers grades 8 through 10. Parents are free to send their children to another school if they wish, but they must pay the transportation costs.
Budget meetings are being held throughout the islands this week. On April 7, trustees will meet with administrators and union representatives for the teachers and CUPE to review information gathered at the meetings, and the budget figures. April 10 will be the next board meeting, and April 22 the board is required to have next year’s budget ready.
People who can’t attend the meeting can submit their ideas to the trustees at Box 69, Queen Charlotte, V0T 1S0 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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