As of today Vancouver School Board Trustees have 30 days to table a balanced budget… or else.
Education minister Mike Bernier says he’s been in contact with VSB Trustees, who are looking for a solution to the budget impasse.
“I’ve reached out and collectively worked with some of the members of the Vancouver School Board who contacted me looking for different ideas and different ways, and you know we’re looking at those. But really, at the end of the day it is the responsibility of the Vancouver School Board to table a balanced budget like every other school district in the province.”
“My expectation is they will meet their legal obligations.”
Bernier says he is more than willing to work with the Board and hopes yesterday’s funding announcement will help the district alleviate deep cuts.
But he says Vancouver has resisted making tough calls in recent years, and now the bill has come due.
And if they don’t table a balanced budget June 30th as mandated by law?
“It is my hope obviously that come the end of June they will do the right thing. When you run as a school Trustee you understand you have fiduciary responsibility to balance your budget. You have a responsibility to make sure you flow as much money as possible into programs to the help students. This is Vancouver’s opportunity to do the right thing.”
The Vancouver School Board has a $24 million dollar deficit.
Yesterday the province handed back to the district over $2-million in administrative savings.