As the Vancouver School Board deals with budget shortfalls in the millions, a lower mainland school district once known for its financial troubles has come a long way.
Back in 2012 New Westminster was in the red by $2.8 million dollars but four years later the district is posting a surplus of $600,000 dollars for the 2015/2016 school year.
Jonina Campbell credits a special advisor appointed by the audit general two years ago.
“There lots of good things we put in place, one of those is some sound fiscal management and practices. We really didn’t have a good understand of our budget and the process as a district. And that is something we worked hard on”
The province has also appointed a special advisor to the Vancouver School Board but Campbell says it’s hard to compare the two.
“We’re a small district and we have steady enrolment, we have a slight increase this year. New West doesn’t have some of the fluctuations, at least the declining enrolment.”
She adds New West schools operate at around 95 per cent capacity across the board.