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Board makes difficult decisions on significant issues

Wed, 24 Apr, 2013

Board makes difficult decisions on significant issues

At yesterday’s regularly scheduled board meeting, the Board of Trustees debated a number of recommendations that will have significant implications for the District. 

“Trustees received some very important recommendations, each of which involved consideration of a number of complex factors,” says Board Chair Sarah Hoffman. “We did our very best to balance the competing interests facing the District and made the best decisions we could in extremely challenging circumstances.” 

After extensive debate, the Board approved the following:

  • Four year collective agreement with support staff, for the period September 1, 2011 to August 31, 2015;
  • Provincial Framework Agreement with teachers;
  • Delay a 2.25 per cent salary increase for exempt staff from September 1, 2013 to September 1, 2015;
  • Forego planned increases to Trustee compensation scheduled to take effect after the election of the next Board of Trustees;
  • Third reading of revised policy on student assessment, achievement and growth;
  • Distribution of funds for the 2013-2014 school year; and
  • Three-Year Capital Plan for 2014-2017. 

“Our Board has mixed feelings about the difficult decisions we had to make today,” says Hoffman. “We are trying our best to shelter students from the impact of the cuts we need to make in these difficult financial times, but our students, and our staff, deserve better.”