Budget axe swings at Vernon School District

To deal with a $1.4 million shortfall, trustees announced Wednesday that expenditures have to be reduced

The Vernon School District has announced plans for wide-ranging budget cuts.

The Vernon School District has announced plans for wide-ranging budget cuts.

Staff will be handed layoff notices at the Vernon School District.

To deal with a $1.4 million shortfall in 2014/15, trustees announced Wednesday that expenditures have to be reduced due to increased costs.

“These cost reductions will result in some reallocation of staff. For some staff members, it will translate into reduced hours of work while for others it will result in layoffs,” said Bill Turanski, board chairperson.

“We are currently proceeding with this staff restructuring process. It is hoped that with continued future enrolment growth and the Minister of Education’s commitment to examine the funding formula, the district will not need to make future cuts.”

The following expenditure reductions are being proposed by the board:

District office expenditures – $133,667

Reduction in transportation routes – $125,000

Reduction in maintenance expenditures – $84,306

Reduction in library staffing – $96,987

Reduction in school clerical staffing – $61,475

Reduction in school vice-principal staffing –  $64,500

Reduction in school supply budgets – $64,155

Restructuring special education support staff – $342,117

Reallocation of anticipated year end surplus – $517,279

Turanski says the shortfall is due to the following cost pressures not funded by the Ministry of Education:

Increased Medical Services Plan costs

Increased municipal pension costs

Increased Workers’ Compensation rates

Increased B.C. Hydro rates

Increased CUPE wage costs

Increased teacher and CUPE benefits costs

Inflationary costs for supplies