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REPORTING · 2nd October 2011
Walter McFarlane
The School Board had to Balance their Budget at the regular meeting on Wednesday, September 28th. To do so, they took $2,000,000 from their reserves draining them. According to School Board Chair, Barry Pankhurst, they have around $144,000 left.

Pankhurst explained they had a number of high heating bills, issues around bill 33 and similar items. They are participating in a BC School Trustees Association review of the funding formula.

“We need changes made to it. I gave a presentation to the premier in July when she was here and she said she was willing to call a meeting with the Northern school boards to discuss the issues about funding formula,” said Pankhurst.

He explained the BCSTA are doing a review of the extra costs they are incurring. When asked why the government is not taking the recent cold weather into account, Pankhurst replied:

“Well, the government would say to you that we give sufficient amount of money but the government looks at these things from the lower mainland vs. what it would cost in the North for Northern School Boards, they have no concept of life in the North,” said Pankhurst.