The construction of a new and much needed elementary school in Downtown Vancouver is coming with a heavy price tag for the Vancouver Board of Education.
Budget shortfalls and the Provincial Governments inability to contribute any more money to the school has left the board having to borrowing 1.6 million dollars.
Former Chair of the Vancouver School Board Patti Bacchus says that money is being taken away from classroom support and student learning.
“I think that’s a very concerning precedent, that we are very cash strapped on our budget each year. We’ve made million of dollars of spending cuts that are having an impact on classrooms.”
Bacchus says the Board of Education cannot afford to be borrowing that much money.
“We’re now borrowing from that budget that is really intended to support classrooms and student learning and using that money to offset this gap in provincial funding.”
The school at International Village will be open as early as 2017.