Enderby opposes fewer school trustees

North Okanagan-Shuswap School District considers reducing from nine to seven trustees because of financial challenges.

The prospect of fewer school trustees is getting a failing grade in Enderby.

City council voted Monday to write the North Okanagan-Shuswap School District and oppose the possibility of the number of trustees being reduced from nine to seven because of financial challenges.

“We want them to leave things the way they are,” said Mayor Howie Cyr, adding that the district is too spread out geographically for just seven officials to cover and residents would ultimately be under-represented.

“Enderby, Area F and Sicamous would be a large area for one person. That would be a disservice to constituents.”

Presently, there is one trustee each for Enderby, Falkland, Carlin/Sorrento, North Shuswap and Sicamous/Malakwa, two for Armstrong/Spallumcheen and two from Salmon Arm.

The board has just cut $1.8 million to balance the budget.

It’s anticipated that eliminating two trustees could save the district about $25,000 a year.

“They are struggling with finances but what does $25,000 compared to the overall budget accomplish?” said Cyr.