Letters of support pour in for Cowichan school board
School boards from around B.C., teachers' unions and residents from the Cowichan region are supporting the District 79 school board's decision to stick with a deficit budget.
The trustees are risking their jobs in presenting a shortfall, as Education Minister George Abbott has insisted they will be dismissed if they don't balance their books.
The president of the Cowichan District Teachers' Association, Shellie Trimble, said many of the board members are simply following through with what they campaigned on during the fall election: fighting further cuts in Education.
“I hope that they aren’t fired,” she expressed. “It seems to undermine the very concept of democracy. These are representatives of a community, so to come in and remove them from their position really negates the voice of the community and of the people who’ve elected them.”
Abbott has said that if Cowichan District 79 does not balance its budget by the end of June, the board will be dismissed.
The trustees are not unanimous in this decision, however. They voted five to four to present a $3.8 million shortfall.
The B.C. Teachers' Federation is the latest group to join the parade of support for the Cowichan Valley school board’s position. SunFM News has received several emails from Cowichan residents expressing the same support.
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