What’s getting cut from your School District’s budget? And your kid’s classroom?

Updated: July 8

The provincial budget delivered a double-whammy to School Districts across BC this year.

The budget fails to provide school districts with the funds to pay for increases to such as the provincially-controlled MSP and BC Hydro rates, as well as to absorb the costs of inflation. Many of the boards had already begun their budget development processes for the 2015/16 school year and likely anticipated this budgetary pressure.

What they didn’t anticipate that boards must now find an additional $29 million in ‘administrative savings’ in 2015/16. Then there’s the another $25 million to be cut in 2016/17, and another cut in 2017/18.

So cuts are coming to your school district. Boards are clear too, these cuts will have impacts on your child, their classmates, classroom services and your local school.

What to do about it?

  1. Find out what’s going on in your district (See below for links to your School District).
  2. Get involved in the process.
  3. Do your best to defend services for our neediest kids.
  4. Organize. Talk to other parents, they’re worried too. Work together and form a parents group to stand up for your kids (Resources for forming your own group are here).
  5. Share what you are doing on social media. Other parents, if they know what you are doing will join you.
  6. Contact us to tell us what you’re doing. We’ll let everyone know to help get others to join you and to amplify your actions. If you need help ask.
  7. UPDATE! On Sunday, April 12 join a FACE Rally to stand up for public education in BC!

School Board budget consultation processes:

School district budget process links (that we know of) and related news stories listed by SD number.

The Vancouver Sun are working on a database of the 2015-16 budget shortfalls for all BC School Districts. Their initial information? Just seven of 60 school districts have a combined shortfall of $30 million. (Mar 19)
The Vancouver Sun‘s update: It’s “at least $35 million on top of the $29 million in “administrative savings.” (Mar 22)
School cuts continue to pile up (Apr 14)
In some BC districts, balanced budgets mean larger class sizes (May 1)
The school bus is driving off — and it’s never coming back (May 11)

BC School Trustees Association: Budget Response Update
“This spring, BCSTA conducted a survey of member Boards regarding the tough decisions that were going to be necessary to balance already stretched resources. Examples of cost-cutting measures that will be implemented by individual school districts before next September include… read more

SD5 – Southeast Kootenay District
Annual budgets page.

SD5 says balanced budget a real balancing act (June 9)
SD5 critical of newly legislated changes to school act (June 9)
Letter to the Minister of Finance (Mar 10)
Letter to the Minister of Finance requesting sufficient K-12 funding (Oct 27, 2014)
SD5 public input into 2015/16 budget.

SD5 approves spending for annual grant (Cranbrook Daily Townsman, May 20)

SD8 – Kootenay Lake School District
SD8 Budget 2015-16.

Kootenay Lake school district passes budget amidst busing controversy (Nelson Star, Apr 27)

SD10 – Arrow Lakes School District
An online survey is complete and the board will be holding consultation meetings for parents and staff in schools around the district in the last week of February and first week of March.

SD19 – Revelstoke School District
SD19 2015-16 Budget.
“We have reduced expenses in all areas not directly related to student learning to protect the learning conditions in our classrooms. We call on the government to demonstrate a commitment to public education by allocating funding that reflects increased expenses related to conditions outside our control.
Letter to Minister of Education (Mar 31)
Letter to the Minister of Education (PDF) (Mar 6)

SD19 trustees approve $12.9 million budget (Revelstoke Current, May 28)
School trustees say they’re doing everything they can to save money (Revelstoke Current, Apr 19)
School Board face $100,000+ funding cut courtesy of Victoria (Revelstoke Current, Mar 31)
Funding cuts put pressure on school programs (Revelstoke Review, Mar 31)

SD20 – Kootenay-Columbia School District
SD20 Preliminary 2015-16 Budget.
Based on what the board already knows for 2015/2016, it has have made a number of operational adjustments which have reduced the initial draft budget deficit projection from $590,000 down to just over $350,000. “The big unknown which remains is what our district will be required to save in addition to this $350,000 as part of the overall “administrative savings.”
Anyone with ideas or questions about cuts or generating more revenue for the district is invited by the board to an information night on April 15 at the Kootenay Columbia Learning Centre in Trail.
SD20 Budget Process Schedule.

Proposed amendment brings attention to school budget cuts (Castlegar News, Apr 29)
SD20 presents budget draft (Castlegar News, Apr 19)
School district faces more belt tightening (Trail Daily Times, Apr 8)
Not much left to cut in SD20 admin budget (MyNelsonNow, Mar 30)
SD20 seeking ideas to trim $590,000 from budget (Trail Times, Mar 12)
Letter from the district’s superintendent on SD20’s budgetary challenges (Nelson Daily, Mar 5)

SD22 – Vernon School District
The board has posted a media release about its grant funding from the Ministry of Education. The ministry has mandated $437,000 in cuts in 2015-16, rising to $814,000 in 2016-17, above cuts that will be needed for unfunded inflationary pressures.
The board is holding a public meeting on Wednesday, April 1 at the Schubert Centre at 6.30pm on for public input on its 2015-16 budget.
Online budget consultation link.

With BC school districts strapped for cash, buses increasingly on chopping block (Global News, Apr 29)
School district in a hole (Castanet.net, Apr 24)
Vernon School District will use reserves to bridge budget shortfall (InfoNews.ca, Apr 23)
Vernon school trustees give initial approval to budget (Vernon Morning Star, Apr 23)
Vernon school district considering charging for busing (Global News, Apr 1)
School cuts focus of talk (Vernon Morning Star, Apr 1)
SD22 faces cuts (Kelowna Daily Courier, Mar 14)
SD22’s anxiety about budget cuts
(Vernon Morning Star, Feb 26)

SD23 – Central Okanagan School District
“It is unavoidable that further reductions will affect each and every student within the Central Okanagan School District,” says SD23’s chair.
The school district is conducting an online survey and the Public Meeting Presentation given on February 2 is available online. A public meeting takes place in April. Last spring, the district cut nearly $4 million to balance its operating budget.
SD23 Budget Consultation 2015/2016.

SD23’s letter to the 2015 BC Budget Consultations (pdf) (Oct 16)
School board searching for $1.5 million in budget cuts (InfoNews.ca, Apr 29)
Education cuts heading for main school board meeting in Kelowna (Kelowna Capital News, Apr 23)
Riding school bus may cost twice as much (Daily Courier, Apr 21)
School district looking at increasing cost to bus kids to school (Kelowna Capital News, Apr 16)
BC Budget cuts will affect every Central Okanagan student (KelownaNow, Mar 16)
Secretary-treasurer anticipating a $1.1 million budget shortfall (InfoNews.ca, Mar 11)

SD27 – Cariboo-Chilcotin School District
Trustees were looking to do some ‘belt-tightening’ and to cut $800,000 from SD27’s budget earlier in February. Now it might be adding a few extra notches as the ‘fat’ comes off.
SD27’s online input process — closes April 12.
SD27 Board seeks input

SD27 faces $500,000 budget shortfall (Williams Lake Tribune, May 7)
SD27 looks to cut from budget. (Williams Lake Tribune, Feb 12)

SD28 – Quesnel School District
SD28 2015-16 Budget.
The board’s finance page has a link to its 2015/16 budget consultation process, a public consultation meeting is scheduled for the District Administration offices on Tuesday, April 28 at 4pm.
SD28 Finance pages
News Release: Preliminary 2015-16 Budget – PDF (May 13)

SD33 – Chilliwack School District
The BC budget has increased SD33’s anticipated requirement for budgetary cuts from $2.7 million to $3.4 million. Chilliwack has a preliminary budget presentation scheduled for Thursday, March 5.
Preliminary Budget Presentation 2015-16.
News Release: Community members to serve on budget committee (May 6)

Deep cuts tabled by Chilliwack school district (Chilliwack Times, May 6)
School bus fees reinstated for Chilliwack (Chilliwack Progress, Apr 29)
Bus fees back for Chilliwack parents (Chilliwack Times, Apr 29)
SD33 board looking to meet with MLAs about budget pressures (Star98.3FM, Mar 25)
Chilliwack School Board votes to educate MLAs (Chilliwack Times, Mar 18)
Chilliwack school district forced into more cuts by province (Chilliwack Times, Mar 4)

SD34 – Abbotsford School District
SD34’s preliminary budget is projecting a deficit of $5 million, and estimates that $3.5 million in reductions must be found to balance the budget.
The district will be holding a public meeting on Tuesday, April 7 from 7-8pm.
SD34 preliminary budget (pdf)
News Release: 2015-16 Budget approved; maintains student programs and innovation (May 5)

Bus fees to rise for most Abbotsford students (Aldergrove Star, Apr 29)
With BC school districts strapped for cash, buses increasingly on chopping block (Global News, Apr 29)
District may need to pull heavily from surplus to handle shortfall (Star98.3FM, Apr 9)
SD34 public budget information meetings.
Abbotsford School District facing $3.5 million dollar shortfall (Abbotsford News, Apr 5)

SD35 – Langley School District
Langley’s secretary-treasurer estimates $1.9 million will need to be cut from SD35’s budget over the two years. “Quite honestly we’re cutting bone and looking at programming,” says Trustee.

Langley School District balances its books (Langley Times, June 25)
Langley trustees warn cuts will be felt in the classroom (Langley Times, Mar 19)
Langley school district told to cut admin costs (Langley Advance, Mar 11)

SD36 – Surrey School Board
The Surrey School Board said in early February it faces “difficult choices” for its budget and that schools needs will once again outpace provincial government funding. Now the Surrey school board is searching for ways to cut about $8 million — including $3.5 million in administrative costs, as mandated by the provincial government — to balance is $600-million operating budget. Last year Surrey had to cut $12 million.
Surrey Schools homepage.

Surrey school board balance budget for up coming year (Vancouver Sun, June 23)
Surrey balances school budget (Cloverdale Reporter, June 22)
District seeks timeline for Grandview high school (Peace Arch News, June 10)
No cuts for special needs students, Surrey school district says (Surrey Leader, June 9) – read the comments!
School crunch continues (Surrey Leader, May 15)
We can’t keep it up. We need some help here (Surrey Leader, Apr 28)
Surrey students spending ‘years’ in portables (24hrs, Apr 27)
Surrey nixes courses for graduated adults (Cloverdale Reporter, Apr 27)
Surrey School Board look for ways to trim $8 million in costs (The Province, Mar 26)
Hungry kids and not enough classrooms only part of Surrey’s budget woes (Vancouver Sun, Mar 25)
Surrey and Delta school districts wrestling with unfair mandated cuts (Surrey Leader, Feb 28)
Surrey School board seeking input on budget (Peace Arch News, Feb 13)

SD37 – Delta School District
Delta is the second leanest school district in BC. The board’s chair says after cutting for years, there is no more room to cut.
SD37’s public budget input meeting on March 10.
Proposed 2015-16 Budget Recommendations (PDF)

Delta dodges $2 million school deficit (Surrey Leader, Apr 29)
Budget session quiet for once for Delta school trustees (Delta Optimist, Apr 24)
Surrey and Delta school districts wrestling with unfair mandated cuts (Surrey Leader, Feb 28)
Delta Board Chair Laura Dixon’s comments on the Provincial Budget (The Province, Feb 23)

SD38 – Richmond School District
Budget process information has been posted to the board’s website.
Public budget meeting scheduled for April 14 from 7 – 9pm.

Special needs cuts eyed by Richmond School District (Richmond News, Apr 15)
Province punishes school districts (Richmond Review, Apr 9)
School district has no fat left to trim (Richmond Review, Apr 9)
Richmond School Board asks province to stop requesting budget cuts (CKNW 980 AM, Apr 9)
School board urges Ministry to reconsider cuts (Richmond News, Apr 7)
Richmond MLAs listening, not hearing says SD38 trustee (Richmond News, Apr 2)
$4 million shortfall means another round of budget and job cuts (Richmond News, Mar 17)
Why there’s no more fat to be trimmed from SD38’s budget (Richmond News, Feb 24)

SD39 – Vancouver School Board
The VSB had projected $14.77-million shortfall, but this is now reduced to $8.52 million after some projections changed for the better in mid-March, including ministry funding and administrative savings.
Public consultation on a revised version of the budget is to happen at the Vancouver School Board building at 1580 West Broadway, April 27, starting at 7 p.m.
Public invited to provide input on VSB’s 2015-16 Budget.
VSB Budget Process Timeline.

Full VSB Audit Report (PDF)

VSB balances budget but forced to make cuts (News1130, June 30)
Vancouver School Board closes first school (Vancouver Sun, June 21)
Suggestion to close 19 Vancouver schools ‘short-sighted’: critics (Vancouver Sun, June 11)
Vancouver Mom says closing schools bad form (Vancouver Courier, June 11)
No rush on school closures: Vancouver trustee (24hrs, June 11)
West End MLA warns against selling off schools (CKNW AM980, June 10)
VSB could save money by closing 19 Vancouver schools: report (Vancouver Sun, June 10)
NDP critic says VSB audit recommendations would rip the guts out of neighbourhoods (CKNW, June 9)
19 Vancouver school closures suggested by audit (CBC News, June 9)
Liberals under fire after VSB gets bank loan (Vancouver Observer, June 2)
VSB audit supports classroom closures, recommends other measures (Vancouver Sun, June 1)
Cash strapped VSB needs bank loan to pay for school construction (Metro, May 31)
School board borrows $1.6 million from BMO to fund downtown school construction (Vancouver Sun, May 30)
Vancouver elementary school music programs facing cuts (CBC, May 4)
Cuts remain in Vancouver School Board budget (Vancouver Courier, May 1)
VSB band debate continues (Vancouver Courier, Apr 17)
VSB considers cuts to adult education (Vancouver Courier, Apr 16)
DPAC Chair lauds VSB budget prudence (Vancouver Courier, Apr 13)
Preliminary Budget Proposals for 2015/2016 (Mar 31)
Budget squeeze may lead to Vancouver school closures (Vancouver Courier, Apr 9)
For public education in Vancouver, budgeting is the death by 1000 cuts (Metro, Apr 6)
Vancouver School Board may axe nearly 100 jobs to balance budget (Vancouver Sun, Mar 31)
VSB’s anticipated budget shortfall (Vancouver Courier, Feb 18)

SD40 – New Westminster School District
SD40’s annual budget process timeline

School board unanimously passes budget (New Westminster Record, Apr 29)

SD41 – Burnaby School District
To maintain current service levels for 2015-16, SD41 faced a shortfall of more than $2.2 million. $1.5 million of that gap will be covered by staffing cuts.
SD41’s 2015-16 budget documents.

Burnaby school board cuts jobs to balance budget (Burnaby Now, Apr 29)
Burnaby parents oppose library cuts (Burnaby Now, Apr 24)
School district aims to find $2.4 million in cuts (Burnaby Newsleader, Apr 16)
Burnaby school district eyeing $3.5 million in cuts (Burnaby Now, Apr 13)
SD41 bracing itself for budget cuts (Burnaby Now, Feb 24)

SD42 – Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows School Board
SD42 Premlinary Budget 2015-16 / 2016-17 (PDF)
The SD42 budget is experiencing a $1.7 million shortfall. While smaller than the $2.2 million anticipated following the announcement of $29 million in “administrative savings,” trustee’s say the cuts the district will have to make will not good.
The district has posted its proposed budget and has a busing transportation survey on the SD42 website. The board is also holding a meeting to receive public input on April 15.
SD42 Budget Process.

Parents fight to keep school buses (Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows News, June 23)
School bus service cancelled in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows (Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Times, May 12)
Classes larger than BC average (Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows News, May 7)
With BC school districts strapped for cash, buses increasingly on chopping block (Global News, Apr 29)
Busing cuts would be hardship for rural families (Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows News, Apr 23)
Cuts to clerical staff affect student safety (Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Times, Apr 21)
Cuts force school board to make tough call on buses (Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Times, Apr 9)
School buses on the chopping block (Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows News, Apr 2)
Trustees have to make more cuts (Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows News, Mar 26)
BC Budget hurts Maple Ridge schools (Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows News, Feb 19)

SD43 – Coquitlam School District
After last year’s $13.8 million staff bloodletting, SD43’s chair is predicting a status quo budget. The district is holding its next public meeting on the budget on Tuesday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Winslow Centre gymnasium, 1100 Winslow Ave., Coquitlam.
Budget Process 2015-16.
SD43 documents for Apr 21 budget debate (pdf)

School surplus draws skepticism (Tri-City News, June 11)
Tough budget lesson for new SD43 trustees (Tri-City News, Apr 23)
Class sizes rising in Coquitlam school district (Tri-City News, Apr 21)
SD43 passes balanced budget (Tri-City News, Apr 22)
SD43 staff speak out against “status quo” budget (Tri-City News, Apr 15)
No SD43 staff cuts likely next year thanks to foreign students (Tri-City News, Apr 8)
School district gives early look at budget (Coquitlam Now, Apr 8)
SD43’s budget expectations (Tri-Cities News, Feb 19)

SD44 – North Vancouver School Board
SD44 2015-16 Budget.
(passed May 26)
The board is receiving public comment on budget priorities by email up to March 27.
SD44 budget input opportunity.

No significant cuts in North Van school board budget (North Shore News, June 3)
School districts face $1 million in cutbacks (North Shore News, Mar 28)

SD45 – West Vancouver School Board
SD45 2015-16 Budget (PDF)
Annual Budget Process 2015-16.

Letter to Ministers of Education and Finance (April 8)
School districts face $1 million in cutbacks (North Shore News, Mar 28)

SD46 – Sunshine Coast School District
Over the past few years SD46 has eliminated the FastForward literacy program, made reductions in support teachers such as school librarians, slashed supply budgets, reduced availability of school electives, been unable to replace aging computer equipment, cut maintenance staff, reduced transportation services and the closed one elementary school in Sechelt.
SD46 expects to have to make “significant reductions” to custodial staff, further reductions to learning resource budgets, further reductions to transportation, additional reductions to support staff and administrative cuts.
Cuts required to balance the budget for 2015-16 have yet to be determined.
SD46 Budget page.

Bill 11 leaves next school year unclear (Coast Reporter, June 11)
School Briefs (Coast Reporter, May 21)
District details cuts in hope of stopping them (Coast Reporter, Apr 23)
Trustees’ letters chastise BC’s Ministers of Education and Finance (Coast Reporter, Apr 2)
Province seeking millions of dollars in savings from school districts (the Local Weekly, Mar 26)
SD46’s Letter to Minister of Education (PDF) (Mar 23)
SD46’s letter to the Minister of Finance (PDF) (Mar 23)
SD46’s concern over funding cuts (Coast Reporter, Feb 26)

SD47 – Powell River School District
SD47 administrators estimate the BC Budget could mean there is as much as $100,000 less each of the following years.

School trustees pass budget (Powell River Peak, July 8)
School board briefs: budget update (Powell River Peak, May 6)
Province introduces bill to amend School Act (Powell River Peak, Apr 8)
Trustee fires back at Premier (Powell River Peak, Mar 18)
Editorial: Fair Funding (Powell River Peak, Mar 18)

SD48 – Sea to Sky School District
No budget process information is currently posted on the SD48 website‘s financial pages.

Provincial cuts made without consultation says Board chair (Squamish Chief, Mar 26)

SD50 – Haida Gwaii School District
SD50 Preliminary 2015-16 Budget.
Budget process for 2015-16.

SD52 – Prince Rupert School District
SD52 2015-16 Budget.
SD52’s letter to Minister of Education supporting Budget Consultation recommendations (Dec 12)
SD52 website (Budget process link at bottom of “About” drop-down menu)
SD52 Community Engagement.

Province must fund education (Northern View, Apr 22)
School district using $978,715 of surplus to balance budget (Northern View, Apr 17)
School district projecting $25,000 shortfall in budget (Northern View, Mar 17)

SD57 – Prince George School District
SD57 was already facing a $1 million deficit when the province called on school boards to save $29 million — an additional $727,000 shortfall for Prince George schools.

Bitter Fruit for School Board (Prince George Citizen, May 29)
School board passes budget, draws $700K from surplus (Prince George Citizen, May 26)
Budget cuts impacting every school (CKPG-TV, May 14)
School board draws on surplus to balance budget (Prince George Citizen, May 12)
BC credit rating not the only lofty goal (Rocky Mountain Goat, May 12)
School district faces $3.3M pinch; hosts local meetings (Rocky Mountain Goat, May 2)
School district facing budget shortfall (Prince George Citizen, Apr 29)
Time for board to raise awareness about cuts (Prince George Citizen, Apr 1)
SD57 facing $3.3 million budget shortfall (MyPrinceGeorgeNow, Apr 1)
Cuts looming at School District (250 News, Mar 25)
Administration other cuts coming to school district (Prince George Citizen, Mar 24)
School board opposes loss of funding (250 News, Mar 4)
SD57 asks province to reconsider its budget cuts (MyPrinceGeorgeNow, Mar 3)

SD58 – Nicola-Similkameen School District
SD58 2015-16 Budget.
2015/16 Budget Survey.

School District 58 approves $1.3 million deficit budget (Merritt Herald, May 19)

SD59 – Peace River South School District
No budget process information is currently posted on the SD59 website‘s financial pages.

Slew of retirements spare SD59 worst in budget cuts (Alaska Highway News, Apr 24)
SD59 grappling with bus dilemma after $750,000 (23%) cut to transportation budget (Alaska Highway News, Mar 25)

SD60 – Peace River North School District
The province is looking for a $340,000 – or 0.6 per cent – budget cut in terms of District 60 administrative savings.

School District 60 balances budget with $1.3 million from reserves (Northeast News, June 23)
School district dips into savings to balance budget (EnergeticCity, June 15)
SD60 looking to pinch pennies as balanced budget deadline looms (EnergeticCity, June 6)
Education Minister to review school transportation funding (EnergeticCity, May 19)
With BC school districts strapped for cash, buses increasingly on chopping block (Global News, Apr 29)
Peace River students to pay $100 for school bus services next year (CBC News, Apr 28)
$100 rural bus fee approved, may just be the beginning (Alaska Highway News, Apr 27)
SD60 to implement transportation registration fee for next school year (EnergeticCity, Apr 20)
Budget shortfall, busing fees topic at upcoming SD60 board meeting (EnergeticCity, Apr 16)
SD60 considering solutions amid bus funding shortfall (EnergeticCity, Mar 23)
SD60 superintendent concerned about provincial budget cut (EnergeticCity.ca, Mar 19)
Enrollment growth’s increased costs mean significant pressure on SD60 budget (EnergeticCity.ca, Mar 16)

SD61 – Greater Victoria School District
The provincial budget, will likely cost the Greater Victoria school district $1 million this year alone.
SD61’s budget page.
Letter to Minister Fassbender (May 19)

Cost of better schools? $5 million says Greater Victoria board (Times-Colonist, May 29)
Letter illustrates district’s funding challenges (Saanich News, May 26)
Strike, international students boost SD61’s fortunes (Times-Colonist, Apr 26)
Letter from VCPAC to Minister Fassbender – pdf (Mar 26)
Have your say this week on school budgets (Times-Colonist, Mar 28)

SD62 – Sooke School District
There could be a cutback of $511,000 in SD62.
Needs budget letter to Premier Clark, Ministers Fassbender and De Jong (May 19)
SD62 budget presentation.
Upcoming Budget Meetings.

No new cuts as Sooke school board passes budget (Times-Colonist, May 7)
Extra funds available for school district (Goldstream Gazette, Apr 2)
Have your say this week on school budgets (Times-Colonist, Mar 28)
SD62’s plans for a public budget meeting on March 30 (Sooke Voice News, scroll down to Mar 5)

SD63 – Saanich School District
The board estimated it had a $2 million dollar shortfall in its budget, prior to the BC Budget release.
There will be a public presentation of the district’s 2015 Facts Package, with information on grant analysis, budget pressures, budget changes, trend analysis, district comparisons, and previous working group reports at 7:00 pm Wednesday, March 25th at Bayside Middle School. It is “an opportunity to understand the 2015/16 budget challenges and opportunities and to provide your comments to the Board of Education.”
Budget Planning Documents.

Saanich school district wants $3.2 million to restore programs (Times-Colonist, June 20)
Have your say this week on school budgets (Times-Colonist, Mar 28)

SD67 – Okanagan-Skaha School District
SD67 2015-16 Budget.
A public meeting in planned for April 20. The board chair says budget cuts that will be required for the 2015-16 school year will be in the neighbourhood of $1.165 million, noting $320,000 of that was a direct result of the $29-million province wide cut.
Budget Process.

Educators reinstated in revised Okanagan-Skaha school budget (Penticton Western News, Mar 14)
Looming budget cuts hit bus, bursary groups in Penticton (Penticton Herald, Apr 14)
School board gives poor marks to Bill 11 (Penticton Herald, Mar 31)
Okanagan-Skaha school board can’t keep budget cuts from impacting students (infotel.ca, Mar 27)
SD 67 trustees say there’s no room left in their budget to cut (Penticton Western News, Mar 14)
SD67 has to find ways to cut $300,000 (Penticton Herald, Feb 24)

SD68 – Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district (SD68)
SD68 2015-16 Ammended Budget (PDF)
The board is looking for input from the public. Prior to the BC Budget, SD68 was grappling with an estimated $4-million financial shortfall for 2015-16. A report tabled in November predicted additional potential shortfalls of $4.3 million in 2016-17, $4.1 million in 2017-18 and $4.4 million in 2018-19.
Naniamo-Ladysmith Public Schools: Your Voice 2015.

Closure is bad news for eco-school concept (Nanaimo Daily News, June 24)
District threatens to close 4 Nanaimo schools over budget woes (CTV News, June 11)
Three teachers, 15 support positions axed (Nanaimo Daily News, May 14)
Nanaimo school district hit with higher bill to high-speed internet upgrades (Nanaimo Bulletin, May 7)
Nanaimo trustees consider cuts to courtesy bus rides (Nanaimo Bulletin, May 7)
School district won’t cut custodians (Nanaimo Daily News, May 7)
Support workers send message over proposed cuts (Nanaimo Daily News, May 6)
Staff cuts proposed for school budget (Nanaimo News Bulleting, May 5)
Surplus of $4M won’t go to school district shortfall (Nanaimo Daily News, Apr 22)
Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district could cut administration (Nanaimo Daily News, Apr 18)
Extended spring break pondered in SD68 (Nanaimo Daily News, Apr 15)
Bill 11 amendments hide lack of school funding (Nanaimo News Bulletin, Mar 31)
School Trustees critical of education funding (Naniamo Daily News, Mar 17)
SD68’s annual battle to deal with shortfalls (Naniamo Daily News, Feb 16)

SD69 – Qualicum School District
The board’s first draft budget, presented a board meeting on Tuesday, February 24, identified a shortfall of $938,492 — before taking into account the “administrative” cuts mandated in the new provincial budget.lo
SD69 Financial Pages with 2015-16 Preliminary Operating Budget presentation.
SD69’s letter to the Minister of Education on budget reductions (pdf). (Mar 5)

Why a trustee says the BC Budget is an attack on pubic education (Parksville Qualicum Beach News Feb 26)

SD70 – Alberni School District
SD70’s Board of Education is very concerned that the cuts will have a serious impact on student success in the long term.
Letter to Minister of Education (April 9)

SD70 to cut $1M in budget (Alberni Valley Times, June 12)
SD70 to close Eighth Avenue and Gill Schools (Alberni Valley News, Apr 14)

SD71 – Comox Valley School District
SD71 2015-16 Budget (PDF)

Last year, the board made cuts when faced with a $1.3 million dollar shortfall.
SD71 website (look for “2015-16 Operating Budget Meeting Dates” in District News)

SD71 public information meeting addresses budget cuts (Comox Valley Record, May 19)
Cuts will hurt school children (Comox Valley Record, May 4)
Board facing $2 million deficit; predicts hungry kids and unsupported learners (Comox Valley Echo, Mar 27)
Letter asking Ministers of Finance and Education what data used to calculate SD71’s capacity for “administrative savings” (PDF) (Mar 3)
Past year’s shortfall and cuts (Comox Valley Record)

SD72 – Campbell River School District
With the projections of the Provincial Budget, if continued for three years, School District 72 will have a total of $1.47 million stripped from its budget ($300,000 in 2015/2016; $585,000 in 2016/2017; and $585,000 in 2017/2018). The board is beginning meetings with district management, principals, teachers, support staff and the district parent advisory council to develop its operating budget for 2015/16).
SD72’s open letter to the community. (Mar 5)

No jobs sacrificed to achieve $18 million in savings (Campbell River Mirror, June 12)
School Board draws on reserves (Campbell River Mirror, June 2)
SD72 to share cut impacts (Campbell River Mirror, May 28)
SD72 approves capital budget that allows for repairs (Campbell River Mirror, May 12)
Public welcome to provide input on SD72 budget (Campbell River Mirror, Apr 23)
School district faces looming budget crunch (Campbell River Mirror, Mar 5)

SD73 – Kamloops – Thompson School District
There is currently no posting on the SD73 website regarding the 2015-16 budget, last year’s preliminary budget was posted on Apr. 1.
“The Secretary-Treasurer said that the district has been asked to cut $786,000 from the 2015/2016 budget and another $1.46 million from the 2016/2017 budget.

School board budget approved on heels of teacher layoffs (InfoNews.ca, May 12)
Hot and Not of the week (Kamloops This Week, Apr 23)
Kamloops school district to cut 20 teachers, education assistants (InfoNews.ca, Apr 22)
School budget proposes teacher and staff cuts (CFJC TV, Apr 22)
New round of cuts expected (KamloopsBCNow, Mar 27)
SD73 ordered to cut $1.6 million (Kamloops This Week Mar 26)
More cuts at Kamloops school district (KamloopsBCNow, Mar 24)
School board struggling to find $800,000 to cut (CFJC TV, Mar 23)

SD79 – Cowichan School District
Public consultation on the 2015-16 budget.
SD79 budget development.

Trustees slash Cowichan school budgets for clerical, maintenance (Cowichan Valley Citizen, Apr 29)
SD79 school trustees are upset over the provincial budget. (Cowichan Valley Citizen, Feb 20)

SD83 – North Okanagan-Shuswap School District
The board is experiencing a shortfall of $1.8 million which it says will mean a reduction in services and programs. “We can no longer maintain the status quo,” said the board chair. “We have cut everywhere we can, and now we have to cut some more. We have to look at everything.”
The public is invited to phone, email or write their thoughts and concerns to trustees, or contact the board through its website.
SD83 financial information page.

Trustees find $1.7 million to cut from schools budget (Eagle Valley News, May 20)
Shuswap school budget cuts deep (Vernon Morning Star, May 17)
School to be kept open (Vernon Morning Star, May 15)
School board approves $1.7 million in budget cuts (Salmon Arm Observer, May 15)
North Okanagan-Shuswap budget cuts “gut-wrenching” (InfoNews.ca, May 14)
CSRD wades into education issues (Salmon Arm Observer, Apr 30)
School district floats potential budget cuts (Salmon Arm Observer, Apr 21)
School’s future looks uncertain (Vernon Morning Star, Apr 19)
Widespread cuts possible as North Okanagan-Shuswap district struggles with deficit (Vernon Morning Star, Apr 16)
Countdown to possible Shuswap school closure continues (InfoNews.ca, Apr 16)
“This year, the cuts are going to have to go even deeper” (Salmon Arm Observer, Mar 18)
School district forecasts ongoing budget cuts (Eagle Valley News, Mar 18)
It doesn’t add up. Contact your MLA! (Vernon Morning Star, Mar 18)
Proposed school closures/changes concerning (Sicamous Eagle Valley News, Mar 18)
A $1.8 million budget shortfall means SD83 will be closing schools (Castanet.net, Mar 12)
Board to consult on school closures (Salmon Arm Observer, Mar 11)
Why SD83 is disappointed the province is taking money out of public education (Salmon Arm Observer, Feb 19)

SD91 Nechako Lakes School District
School district website.

SD91 trustees to consider school closures (CKPG TV, May 6)

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