Vancouver Board of Education Rejects Preliminary Budget

Schools Continue Regular Operations 

Vancouver - (April 28,2016) - The Vancouver Board of Education has voted to reject the 2016-17 preliminary budget as presented by staff. The projected shortfall is $24-million.

In accordance with the School Act, which requires school districts to submit a balanced budget, staff prepared a budget which included cuts to positions and programs in order to eliminate the shortfall.

Trustees voted to reject the proposed preliminary budget and will now determine next steps.

VSB recognizes this is a time of uncertainty for parents, students and staff. The district is committed to maintaining operations with no interruptions to school services or cuts to programs or positions in the current school year.  Trustees and senior staff are committed to maintaining as much stability as possible in our school district.

The Board remains in place and will now consider next steps. Senior management will seek direction on   how to proceed with the budget process. According to the School Act, VBE has until June 30 to submit a balanced budget to the Ministry of Education.  


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Elaine McKay

604-713-5074 (O)


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