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.


Just Posted

UPDATE: Surrey RCMP say missing three-year-old boy likely with his mother

Police appeal once again for information that will help them find Brycein Toane

Surrey mayor says the RCMP has announced it will unionize

A spokeswoman for RCMP headquarters in Ottawa says it’s not yet a done deal

Surrey man wanted on Canada-wide warrant for drug trafficking turns himself in

Police had issued a public appeal for information in mid-June

Surrey brewpub’s 20th-year ‘Cask Off’ championship belt won by its head brewer

‘Jason’s Mimosa’ among crafty creations at annual competition

VIDEO: Surrey man charged after dangerous driving incident in Vancouver

Toyota Camry spotted doing laps in intersection, driving towards pedestrians

VIDEO: Clip of driver speeding past B.C. school bus alarms MLA

Laurie Throness of Chilliwack-Kent says he will lobby for better safety measures

Explicit sex-ed guide for adults mistakenly given to Creston elementary students

The booklet clearly states online and inside that the guide contains sexually explicit information

Driver has $240K McLaren impounded minutes after buying it in West Vancouver

Officers clocked the car travelling at 160 km/h along Highway 1 in a 90 km/h zone

Former Vernon Judo coach pleads guilty to child pornography charges

Bryan Jeffrey McLachlan is set to return to court Sept. 4 for sentencing

B.C. Olympic skier sues Alpine Canada after coach’s sex offences

Bertrand Charest was convicted in 2017 on 37 charges

Former Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo to retire

‘Bobby Lou’ calls it a career after 19 NHL seasons

Man charged in crash that killed B.C. pregnant woman

Frank Tessman charged for 2018 Highway 1 accident where Kelowna elementary school teacher died

Province unveils 10-year plan to boost mental health, addiction recovery services

The plan, called A Pathway to Hope, focuses on early-intervention services that are seeing high demand

Most Read