Update: Ministry to present budget review results to Van School Board today

VSB Chair Patti Bacchus. Photo by flickr user stv.

The Vancouver School Board will receive the results of a provincially-mandated budget review today, the Georgia Straight reports. Trustees will then meet to discuss the results.

BC Minister of Education Margaret MacDiarmid ordered the review in April, citing in a press release intransigence on behalf of the school board. The VSB faces a shortfall of about $16 million this year.

"We believe there are other options available and the appointment of a special advisor will ensure resources are being focused on students in the classroom," MacDiarmid said in the release.

VO reported yesterday that though the review came due Monday, VSB Chair Patti Bacchus said that the Ministry had not returned phone calls inquiring about its status.

According to the Straight, Bacchus also said that the result of a separate audit of the school district's distance learning program recently came in. It found that the board owes the province approximately $2 million, money she said must be repaid.

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