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Management staff reorganized and reduced as budget savings measure

The Vancouver School District continues to face significant funding shortfalls - with an anticipated $8 million shortfall for 2011/2012 and more potential shortfalls in the following years.

The Board needs to find savings and efficiencies in our operations to help reduce overall spending in a manner that minimizes impact on the classroom and students.

Several management staff were informed yesterday that they would lose their jobs. Most of the reductions come from the Education Centre and will impact eight individuals. These changes are part of a larger district management reorganization.

The following positions were affected by the decision:

  1. Business Analyst
  2. Executive Administrative Assistant
  3. Communications Manager
  4. Communications Specialist
  5. Purchasing Coordinator
  6. Manager of Facilities
  7. Coordinator of Budget and Finance
  8. Supervisor of Information Technology

This was a difficult decision to make, but a necessary one. It will mean fewer managers in some areas and different types of employees in others.  Some functions within departments will be consolidated and departments are being reorganized.  As with all budget reductions, this will require a change in practice.

There are two main reasons for this decision. First, we are reducing our management overhead in support areas so that we can focus our investment in classrooms and school services. Second, we are making these changes as part of our strategy to build a financially sustainable organization.

It is never easy to say goodbye to our colleagues. Please know that we are helping affected staff with severance pay and services to help them find other jobs.

I know this is difficult and we appreciate your support as we work together and continue moving forward.

 

Steve Cardwell

Superintendent of Schools

 

Contacts:

Media:                     Lynda Bonvillain: lbonvillai@vsb.bc.ca             Tel.: 604-713-4448

 

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