Parents say they are shell-shocked looking at the long-list of proposed cuts the Vancouver School Board will consider to combat its massive $27-million budget shortfall for the 2016/17 school year.
At risk are more than 200 jobs, along with a slew of programs.
Amanda Hillis, whose 11 and 12 year old kids attend inner-city schools, laments the possible loss of literacy teachers.
“I think they are very important. I know the one that works in my school personally and she is busy all of the time.”
Band and strings may go silent
Also on the chopping block once again is the optional band and strings program.
PAC Chair at Britannia Secondary, Gwen Giesbrecht says axing the optional band and strings program and eliminating the district-wide sports co-ordinator would be a huge loss.
“Big mistake, these are really important parents of developing the intelligence of our children.”
VSB Chair Mike Lombardi says unless parents are willing to cough up even more cash this year, the program won’t survive.
“We won’t have it next year, unless parents want to pay for it fully themselves.”
The district-wide sports co-ordinator position is also facing elimination.
The proposal also includes allowing secondary classes to exceed 30 students and pay parking for employees.