April 23/14: The Record Off The Record: Special Budget Meeting / Final SD61 Budget Vote

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Following the budget vote is a vote on the official Budget Bylaw so the budget can be sent to the Ministry of Education. I voted against all three Bylaw readings in one meeting, which needs unanimous agreement, so the final vote went to an email “poll vote”. I voted no in that final vote. I do not agree with closing a school this year, or with the cuts required since 2001 (which included closing many other schools). The cuts are direct results of underfunding and offloading of costs to School Districts by the Province. Continue reading

April 22/14: Board Meeting: The Record Off The Record: Budget Vote; Professional Development; Rethink Closing Sundance (Last Chance)

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McNally: That all personnel accounted for (in addition to the proposed reduction in clerical support and reduction in Learning Mentor FTE) under “Learning Initiatives” be reassigned to appropriate positions in SD61, and the department “Learning Initiatives” be closed. / Defeated. Rationale: According to the information trustees were given at orientation (the Department’s budget for 2011-12) this department’s budget is, or was pre-Learning Mentors cuts, approximately $1,088,181. There is no need for an in-house professional development consultancy. Continue reading