Vernon School District faces $1.5 million shortfall

Budget cuts are looming again at the Vernon School District,

For 2014-2015, the district says it needs to cut its expenses by $1.5 million to balance its budget even though enrolment is projected to increase.

The increased costs facing the district include:

$440,000 cost of CUPE agreement – no additional funding provided by the Ministry of Education

$91,000 increased Municipal Pension costs – no additional funding provided by the ministry

$25,000 increased WCB costs – no additional funding provided by the ministry

$135,000 increased BC Hydro rates – no additional funding provided by the ministry

$232,000 increased benefit costs for CUPE and teachers – no additional funding provided by the ministry

"Meeting these unfunded increases will affect programs and services available to students," said chairperson Bill Turanski.

"The board values the excellent work our teachers, administrators and support staff are providing to students given fewer resources available."


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