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Vancouver School Board happy with more funding from the province but warns harsh cuts are still coming

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VSB organizing public forums next week to talk about funding

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The Vancouver School Board is adjusting it’s projected budget shortfall after getting $2.65 million from the provincial government.

The board is still expecting harsh cuts to teachers because it is still $24 Million in the hole.

Chair of the board Mike Lombardi says this money will save 10 teacher’s jobs along with the athletic and fine arts coordinator positions. The board initially planned on cutting 33 secondary teachers, now they only plan to cut 23 positions.

“It’s good news and I think it’s a good start. The government listened to what parents and the teachers were saying but it’s not enough. We still have a serious problem, the second largest shortfall ever faced by the Vancouver School Board.”

The board has set up some forums starting next week.

“I’m heartened that the community has mobilized and communicated with government and I’m hopeful that the government will respond and make education a true priority so that our kids get what they deserve.”

Lombardi hopes the public will continue to pressure the government to keep the education system from failing.