The Vancouver School Board is still dealing with money problems as it tries to hash out an operating budget for 2017/2018.
With a $2.1-million shortfall, the VSB is looking into ways to save some cash for the next school year.
Provincially appointed sole trustee Dianne Turner says staff has tried to make adjustments to the proposal to fit the board’s five-year plan.
“We need to make sure that whatever decisions I’m making have some connection to that strategic plan and there is a clear shared vision for the future of public education in Vancouver as a result.”
Monday night, Turner and staff heard delegations speaking on behalf of several programs that could face the axe, including adult education, and career information advisers.
She adds the Secondary School Teachers’ Association listed priorities in its delegation including adult education programs and career information assistants.
The Board managed to shave the district’s operating budget down to $2-million from $14.9-million after it controversially used money from the Classroom Enhancement Fund awarded to the district after the province’s Supreme Court of Canada loss over class size and composition.
Balancing the budget has long been a challenge for the Vancouver School Board.
Facing a more than $22-million shortfall this time last year and unwilling to cut programs, trustees fought a bitter and public battle with the Ministry of Education – one that ended with their firing in October.
Turner says she’ll announce an updated budget proposal on Wednesday evening.