While Vancouver Board of Education (VBE) staff and education partners continue to strive to maintain the Vancouver school district's high-quality learning experiences and opportunities for all students, the Board is once again facing a challenging funding shortfall for 2011/2012. In fact, the VBE has faced funding shortfalls in nine of the past ten years, and preliminary projections indicate annual funding shortfalls will continue in the years beyond 2011/2012.
The preliminary budget proposals will be presented to the Board at the Committee III/V meeting at 5:30 pm on April 12, 2011:
Given the projected funding shortfall of $8.4 million for 2011/2012, further budget reductions are required in order to achieve a balanced budget (required by the School Act). In order to minimize any further reductions to resources that directly support our core educational services and programs, the proposed budget cuts for 2011/2012 were targeted as far away from the classroom as possible.
Although a concerted effort has been made to minimize staff reductions owing to the projected funding shortfall, the budget proposals will still result in a reduction of 55 FTE staff compared to the base budget. This includes a 7% reduction in management staff, including the reduction of 8 managers at the Education Centre announced on April 6th. As well, the preliminary budget proposals will result in a 1.6% reduction in school administrators (3.0 FTE), a 1.2% reduction in various support staff groups (25 FTE) and a 0.6% reduction in teachers (19 FTE) in our K-12 and adult programs.
Since the Board has not yet made a decision for the 2011/2012 school calendar, the base budget cannot include the projected $1.2 million in savings resulting from the revised local calendar. A decision with respect to possibly continuing a version of the local school calendar for 2011/2012 will be made by the Board of Trustees on May 11.
Please note the following important dates:
April 19 Public Consultation on Preliminary Budget Proposals
April 20 Stakeholder Consultation on Preliminary Budget Proposals
April 21 Additional Public / Stakeholder Consultations (if required)
April 27 Revised 2011/2012 Preliminary Budget Proposals
May 3 Public & Stakeholder Consultations on the Revised Budget Proposals
May 5 Final Deliberations and Approval of the 2011/2012 Preliminary Budget
If you wish to be registered to speak at one of the above consultation meetings (April 19th, 20th, or 21st) please contact the Secretary-Treasurer's Office by phone at 604-713-5080 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org