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Vancouver Board of Education to Vote on Budget Tonight

Vancouver’s Board of Education will approve its 2009-10 Preliminary Operating Budget during a special board meeting this evening. The preliminary budget reflects $7.12 million in spending cuts needed so that the school district can submit a balanced budget, as required by the provincial government.

This is over and above the more than $40 million that has already been cut from the Board budget over the past 8 years. Due to BC Liberal underfunding, Boards of Education in BC are facing a structural shortfall of more than $132 million for the 2009-10 school year.

Trustees will also approve a “Needs” budget that illustrates the Vancouver school district needs more than $40 million in additional funding to return to 2001-02 service and funding levels.

WHAT: Approval of the 2009/10 Preliminary Operating Budget and 2009-10 Needs Budget during a special board meeting

WHEN: 7 p.m.

WHERE: Vancouver School Board Education Centre, Boardroom (Room 114), 1580 West Broadway

Parking is available under the VSB Education Centre, enter off Fir Street.

Mike Lombardi is a Board of Education Trustee

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