In a sudden turn of events, Vision Trustees on the Vancouver School Board now say they will vote to pass its 2016/2017 operating budget.
Vision Trustee Patti Bacchus says members are leaning on comments made by Education Minister Mike Bernier earlier this week, indicating funds are now on the table to seismically upgrade Vancouver schools.
“He was commenting on the decision of the Richmond School Board to not close schools. He said he was eager to work with them to look at funding seismic upgrades. And he made the distinction between Richmond and Vancouver saying that they had approved a balanced budget.”
Bacchus says it’s the first time vision members have heard Bernier link a balanced budget to seismic funding.
But NPA Trustee Fraser Ballantyne says it’s all politics.
“I think they are worried about losing their jobs are losing their platform for advocating through the budget for next year.”
The board refused to pass a balanced budget in June that saw a $21.8 million shortfall.
“They’ve derailed it successfully, they are the heroes in all this for all the parents.”
Trustees will vote on Monday.
In an e-mail, Mike Bernier told CKNW it’s all politics.
“This is yet another political tactic from the Vision members of the VSB. The current posture of the Board inspires no confidence coming at the last minute before the Special Advisor tables his report.”