The public will get a chance to have their say on proposed budget cuts at the Vancouver School Board starting tomorrow, as trustees look to eliminate a $24-million shortfall.
It’s expected to be a packed house at Vancouver Technical Secondary School for night 1 of public meetings on potential job, service and program cuts in Vancouver schools.
Chair Mike Lombardi says an additional $2.6 million from the province means some jobs will be saved, along with the elimination of a plan to charge staff for parking, but a number of other contentious items like the band and strings program are still on the chopping block.
“The ones I’m hearing the most emails about is the teacher cuts, the secondary non-enrolment teachers, lots of calls and emails about literacy teachers in inner-city schools, lots around band and strings, gifted, and the mini-school program.”
Lombardi expects around 100 submissions will be made at three public meetings this week.
“I’m heartened by the response of parents, teachers and the community. I think what they are saying is they value the world-class education system they offer in Vancouver and they understand what the problem is, it’s underfunding and downloading.”
The first meeting will be held at Vancouver Technical Secondary School starting at 7pm.