School trustees in Richmond are the latest to beg Premier Christy Clark, Finance Minister Mike De Jong and Education Minister Peter Fassbender to stop demanding province-wide budget cuts.
Doctor Eric Yung, who is the Chair of Richmond’s school board, has written a letter questioning orders to make 54-million dollars worth of administrative cuts over the next two years.
“Even now, when the budget is balanced and there are modest surpluses, we’re still being asked to reduce our budget. The question naturally arises, when is enough enough and when is it that we would ever get more resources?”
Yung is predicting ‘significant job losses’ because trustees must trim eight million dollars while facing ‘unfunded inflationary pressures.’
According to Yung, these pressures include rising BC Hydro costs and declining enrollment.
“We can only hold our breath and wait, at this point.”
“Two and a half million dollars comes from declining enrollment and then, this extra million dollars is from this directive of directed administrative cuts.”
Yung says rising BC Hydro and Medical Service Premium costs are also hurting school districts across the province.
The budget for the upcoming school year must be finalized by the end of May.