School Board puts neck on the line
The Cowichan Valley School Board is sticking with an unbalanced budget, short by over $3.7 million.
Wednesday night, the board voted 5-4 in favour of a deficit budget, despite warnings from fellow board members, the superintendent, and the Ministry of Education.
Board Chair Eden Haythornthwaite told SunFM News, after years of cutbacks it's the board's only option.
“From what we can tell, this trend will continue and there is literally nothing else we can do, except to start selling the furniture.”
She believes they are acting in the best interests of the community, but board member Cathy Schmitt said, all a deficit budget will likely do is have the board fired, and replaced with someone appointed by the government.
“Here we are at a point where we may lose all nine democratic voices at the table and have somebody sitting there who has no interest in what the community wants or wants to see.”
The final reading on School District 79's budget is May 16. Then the board will present it to the provincial government and wait to see how they respond.
Photo: Courtesy of http://www.sd79.bc.ca
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