The Vancouver School Board has a plan to balance the books but it means cuts and a long summer ahead before a final budget is submitted.
The district is looking to find $8.5 million in savings in order to table a balanced budget.
Vancouver School Board chair Christopher Richardson admits jobs are on the line but the hope is those cuts can be covered off by attrition.
“So there is 100 less jobs but given the fact there are people who are leaving the system and retiring there won’t actually be any specific layoffs as we generally do when we lay off people and bring them back.”
Richardson says with two separate audits, including one from the province, a final budget won’t arrive until June.
“On April 30th we will have a meeting and rather than finalizing the budget to be submitted we will look to passing, accepting, or adopting a provisional budget. On May 31st a special advisor will report out to the ministry. We can then submit as the ministerial order requires a draft order to the minister of education.”
Then a final budget with recommendations from the audits by the end of June