$2.5 million shortfall projected for Cowichan schools
The wallet is bound to be thinner this year for School District 79 in the Cowichan Valley.
The district is getting 1.5% less this year in protected funding, since B.C.'s Education Ministry readjusted how they dole out money.
School trustee and chair of the Finance Committee, Ellen Oxman said they'll be looking at a shortfall this year compared to what they spent in 2011 because of the new formula.
“It’s just the way the Ministry of Education reviewed the funding formula. They took some of the 100 % protection from the overall of all of our districts and moved it to other places. So for our district, we are at 98.5% of the funding we had year previous.”
The district is estimated to get $71.5 million this year, versus the just over $74 million they spent last year. This will leave the district having to come up with a way to compensate for a projected $2.5 million shortfall.
Oxman said the board wants to hear what the public think when it comes to how the money should be spent and is prepared for parents and students to not be very happy.
“If people are angry that there is not enough money for education, hey so be it. We are advocating, certainly for more funding, we are advocating for our students, and for our districts, to meet their needs. And I think community participation is key in that advocating “
You have a chance tell the board where you think money should be spent at the public consultation on District 79's budget on Mar. 28.
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