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castanet.net 13 May, 2022 20:30 am

Central Okanagan Public Schools budget trimmed in response to inflation

Central Okanagan Public Schools budget trimmed in response to inflation
The Central Okanagan School District is moving ahead with budget cuts forced by inflationary pressures.

The school district was forced to make the reductions due to the provincial government’s per pupil funding staying flat this year, despite soaring inflation.In the meantime, we will continue to lobby the provincial government for adequate funding for our public school system.Photo: SD 23 Board Chair Moyra Baxter The Central Okanagan School District is moving ahead with budget cuts forced by inflationary pressures."Funding not keeping pace with inflation is a problem for all school districts now," says Moyra Baxter, Chairperson for the Board of Education.

"While staff had to get creative to maintain services this year, we hope that government funding next year will reflect the increasing costs faced by school districts.The district also plans on saving $347,269 as it returns to “pre-COVID-19 pandemic custodial staffing levels,” which will allow the district to cut seven janitorial positions.

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