School cuts anticipated

Cuts to Vernon School District’s budget for next year could be revealed Wednesday.

The board is expected to pass the budget at a public meeting at 4 p.m. at the district office.

For the 2014-2015 school year the district needs to cut its expenses by $1.5 million to balance the district’s budget even though enrolment is projected to increase.

“There will definitely be cuts in personnel and services,” said Bill Turanski, board chairperson.

With  no additional funding provided by the ministry, increased costs include $440,000 for the cost of the CUPE agreement; $91,000 increased municipal pension costs; $25,000 increased WCB costs; $135,000 increased BC Hydro rates; and $232,000 increased benefit costs for CUPE and teachers.


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