Send in school budget comments

The board of trustees will gather June 26 for a special school board meeting to potentially give third reading to the budget

Editor, The Record:

At Tuesday’s lively school board meeting the proposed budget was debated and passed readings one and two with votes 3-2. Trustees Edie Heinrichs, Jim Taylor and Shelly Carter were for, and Randy Cairns and Carol Hamilton against.

Many upset parents raised concerns about reductions in counsellors and support staff as well as the deep cuts to senior administration staff whose responsibilities are to be “distributed among staff.”

The board is in a very difficult position and must reduce costs. Trustee Cairns made an impassioned speech indicating there were other options to the board, however, since the board meetings were in-camera, the public does not know the options that were presented to the board by staff.

Given the level of concern expressed by various parents, I am encouraging every parent to let their concern be known before this final reading of the budget on June 26.

Especially if you have a specific concern about your school or your child being affected by these deep budget cuts. Now is the time to speak up!

Please e-mail the board chair at edie.heinrichs@mpsd.ca to voice your concerns. The board said they will consider any input they receive. Please cc missiondpac@gmail.com so that DPAC also has a record of parents concerns and can be sure the board is hearing them.

Scott Young

District PAC Chair