It looks like Vancouver teachers have something to celebrate tonight.
Vancouver School Board Vision trustee Mike Lombardi explains why.
“Moved a motion that the Vancouver School Board not implement a pay parking plan. We had a good debate about it and in the end it was a 9-0 vote and all the Trustees ended up supporting the motion.”
New VSB NPA Chair Fraser Ballantyne says there’s some last minute good news for adult education as well.
“The last minute we did pass a motion at the end of the meeting to re-instate two of those five adult outreach literacy program. So, we had a little money left over and the board felt that money should go back in to supporting that particular initiative.”
Ballantyne proudly expresses the budget is balanced and will be submitted today.
At the top of his list in September: Seismically upgrading all the schools.
At the top of the Vision agenda in September: more adult education programs.
While the trustees debated…on the outside teachers and parents protested what they call under-funding of the public education system.
“I can say that I’m very grateful that I didn’t have to make those decisions because it would be very heart wrenching. I don’t think school boards should be put in that position to begin with.”
“A board that regardless of which political party has the majority has had to deal with some pretty difficult decision over the past twelve to fifteen years because of downloaded costs and the lack of overall funding.”
With files from Shelby Thom