Teachers, administrators cut at Vernon School District

Trustees issue their 2013/14 budget during a meeting Wednesday

The Vernon School District has released its 2013/14 budget.

The Vernon School District has released its 2013/14 budget.

There are significant cuts looming at the Vernon School District.

Trustees approved the preliminary 2013/14 budget bylaw Wednesday. The goal was to tackle a $2.2 million shortfall, partly a result of reduced enrolment.

“This will mean re-prioritization of services in the budget,” said Bill Turanski, board chairperson.

The budget will have 19 less full-time equivalent teacher positions next year, 1.4 fewer school-based administration positions, consolidation of bus routes, one less custodial position and a reduction of maintenance and facility services staff by will be reduced by 0.6 FTE.

All inflationary costs to supplies and services and the resulting change from the HST to the GST will have to be accommodated within existing budgets.

Look for more in Friday’s Morning Star.