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Kamloops school board cuts teaching, administration positions in struggle to cut $3.4M from budget

May 10, 2016 - 6:30 PM

KAMLOOPS - A number of teaching positions are set to be eliminated in the Kamloops-Thompson School District as the board attempts to balance the budget with $3.4 million in cuts.

Supt. Karl deBruijn says the budget is now headed to the Ministry of Education for review after being passed last night, May, 9, by the school board trustees. It includes the elimination of a number teaching positions though he says they are hopeful the district will not have to lay anyone off.

“We’re working hard with the union to minimize jobs lost,” he says. “Hopefully everybody will have positions.”

However, those positions might not be the teacher’s ideal spot, he says. The district had to eliminate nearly 15 teaching positions from the budget, as well as support staff and principal positions. In total, $3.4 million in cuts had to be made to the budget due to enrolment decline and administrative cuts mandated by the ministry, deBruijn says,.

The budget is still flexible and will be refined until it can be finalized in October, after enrolment numbers are firmed up for the 2016-17 school year, he says.

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