Delta school board cuts services, positions

Reductions in response to shortfall of more than $3 million.

Faced with a budget shortfall of $3.38 million, the Delta Board of Education has approved its 2016-17 budget, which included cuts to several programs.

Service reductions include the elimination of 12 FTE (full-time equivalent) education assistant positions, eight FTE teaching and library positions, and reduction in supply and service budgets at schools as well as the district office.

A proposed reduction of noon-hour supervision assistants at secondary schools was amended following a motion from Trustee Val Windsor. One position will be cut from each of Delta’s four secondary schools, as opposed to a proposed cut to one position at each school.

Although the district received a funding increase for 2016-17 of $60 per pupil from the B.C. Ministry of Education, cuts were necessary to cover increased administration  and staffing costs, and a shortfall of $1.5 million carried forward from 2015-16, said Jen Hill, communications and marketing manager for the Delta School District, in a release.

The cuts, approved at Tuesday’s board meeting, trim roughly $2.1 million from the budget.  The district also hopes to increase net revenue from its International Student and Continuing Education programs by roughly $500,000, and will use $775,000 in reserve funding to cover the rest of the shortfall.

The Delta School District’s annual budget totals more than $160 million.


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