According to a report by VSB staff going before the Board’s Finance & Legal Committee next week, the Vancouver School Board is projecting a steep budget shortfall in the next school year – to the tune of $24.4 million dollars.
The report blames lower than expected enrollment, higher operational costs, and no hold back funds from the Ministry of Education due to unanticipated enrollment growth in other districts.
It’s the latest challenge to hit the second largest district in the province.
School board trustee Mike Lombardi says the kids of Vancouver are being short-changed by the budget, and the Provincial government needs to step up like in other provinces and make education a priority.
“If it’s anything like last year, the year before, and the last 7 or 8 this is gonna mean more cuts to programs and services, and kids are gonna lose out because of government underfunding.”
Last month trustees voted on a plan that could lead to the closure of 13 schools in an effort to secure provincial funding for seismic upgrades.