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Central Okanagan school board needs to find millions of dollars by June

FILE PHOTO - School District 23 Supt. Kevin Kaardal (left) and school board chairperson Moira Baxter.
April 25, 2016 - 1:00 PM

KELOWNA – Students, teachers and staff of Central Okanagan School District will feel the pinch this year as school board trustees struggle to solve a multimillion dollar budget shortfall.

The school board will be having a look at recommendations from the Superintendent of Schools Kevin Kaardal on how best to deal with the estimated $3.2 million shortfall at a public meeting on Wednesday, April 27.

Among his suggestions, according to the school district website, are increasing annual bus fares for students from $200 to $250, increasing the number of international students and $660,000 in funding cuts. Roughly half a million dollars could be saved by cutting the technology services budget and another $225,000 may come from the elimination of four full-time custodial jobs.

School board president Moira Baxter says it’s still too early to tell what the final budget will look like. It goes before the Ministry of Education in June.

 “All we can say at this point is we’re facing this shortfall,” Baxter says. “Until Wednesday anything could happen.”


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