Counselling important, school board hears

  • Apr. 23, 2012 5:00 p.m.

Members of the public who attended this month’s school district budget consultation meetings would like to see more money for counselling and learning assistance in islands schools, says superintendent Angus Wilson. Mr. Wilson said at the second consultation meeting, held last week in Queen Charlotte, some people indicated they would rather see extra money go towards counselling than early learning programs. Another issue that came up was the state of the district’s buildings, Mr. Wilson said, although that is more of a long-term plan. This year’s budget will not include any money for new buildings, but the district would like to replace A.L. Mathers school in Sandspit within the next few years. The new building will be much smaller than the existing school, he said, given the much-reduced number of students going to school there. The school board is still working on the 2012-13 budget and expects to give it first reading in late May, he said. Members of the public who want to make comments can still do so, Mr. Wilson said. They should contact him by phone or email – the sooner, the better.