Two key staff members in the Vancouver School District are temporarily stepping aside as of Tuesday.
Acting Superintendent Scott Robinson and Acting Secretary Treasurer Russell Horswill are on indefinite medical leave.
Vancouver School Board Chair Mike Lombardi says the reasons are confidential.
In their place, four associate superintendents will step up until a secretary treasurer and superintendent are appointed.
This comes as the board prepares to make some tough decisions.
One board trustee says senior staff have been under the gun.
Pressure’s on for VSB staff
NPA Trustee Fraser Ballantyne is pointing the finger at the board’s Vision members and lone green trustee Janet Fraser.
“I can only guestimate that they’ve been under an incredible amount of stress and an untenable situation over the last number of months.”
At a board meeting on Monday, Vision members and Fraser requested more information from staff pertaining to school closures. Lombardi said the following.
“We’re facing a $15 million shortfall, those kind of challenges put pressure on everybody.”
The school board faced a $22 million budget short fall this year and another projected $15 million for the 2017-2018 school year.
Just yesterday, trustees voted to move through 11 schools to next phase of consultations for closure.
Lombardi says operations will continue and the board will not be affected.
He also says discussions for replacements have begun and that he hopes to have two people appointed as soon as possible.