Media Release, Schools & Students
Vancouver – (June 29, 2016) – The
Vancouver Board of Education has rejected a Ministry of Education
proposal to partially address a $21.8 million shortfall in the
district’s 2016-17 operating budget
The Chair reported that the
rejected proposal was to use $5.59 million of future VBE capital assets
sales proceeds to address some of the district’s 2016-17 budget
shortfall. The proposal did not include any additional provincial
Chair Mike Lombardi said: “Trustees have rejected this
ministry proposal because it did not offer adequate, stable, predictable
funding to eliminate the 2016-17 shortfall and could potentially worsen
future operational shortfalls.”
As authorized by the School Act,
the Superintendent has been implementing staff proposals for the
2016-17 operating budget to deal with a $21.8 million shortfall and work
towards submitting a balanced budget by June 30, 2016.
The one-time solution would have only mediated a fraction of next year’s $21.8 million shortfall.
Notes for editors
School Board chairperson Mike Lombardi will be available to answer
questions from the media outside the Vancouver School Board office (1580
West Broadway) on June 30 at 11:00 a.m.
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