About 50 concerned parents, union members and educators attended the board of education's budget meeting Tuesday to hear how the district's chronic deficit situation will impact jobs and classrooms.
Trustees on the New Westminster school board approved a two-week spring break at their meeting Tuesday night.
New Westminster school district's superintendent presented his annual report on student achievement in the district, which highlighted that writing is solid, reading is decent, but math at some schools has declined in grades 4 and 7.
Divisions on the board of education were evident at Tuesday's committee meeting, when Voice New Westminster trustees continued their ongoing call for more financial information and the immediate intervention of the auditor general to help the district deal with a looming $2.2million deficit for this year.
After coming up $76,000 short in finding ways to cut $2.2 million from this year's budget, the New Westminster school board has put staff adjustments of $500,000 on the negotiating table.
The New Westminster school district may be more than $2 million in the hole, but its top administrators are still making a pretty penny.
The New Westminster school district is "turning up every couch cushion" to find funds to help get it through this year, but the options presented to the board of education Tuesday night came up $76,000 short to help meet its goal to cut $2.2-million from this year's budget.
New Westminster school district superintendent John Woudzia has joined the blogosphere.
The New Westminster school district's superintendent recently took 15 people from the district to a conference in Vancouver that cost $6,000 and, even though the district is facing a serious budget crunch, he says the event was a worthy investment.
An incident that began just before 6 a.m. Thursday ended with one man in hospital with serious injuries and the Independent Investigations Office looking into the "officer-involved" shooting.
A motion calling for an even distribution of information from a first-term school trustee who claimed that not all board of education members are treated equally was passed at Tuesday night's board of education meeting.
The New Westminster school district has a hefty deficit from last year, but this isn't the first time it has faced a shortfall, and the chair of the district parent advisory council says the district should look at the past to learn about the present.
On the same night the board of education was discussing its $2.8 million budget deficit, the school district released the annual salary of the school district's three biggest earners - all had a base salary of $130,000 and higher.
The chair of New Westminster's district parent advisory council is "disappointed" that parents weren't told sooner about the district's $2.8 million deficit for the 2011/12 school year and says parents need to be brought into the financial fold.
Considering whether to change the school calendar, determining how best to spend an extra $700,000 and setting out some long term goals are among the items the New Westminster school district will consider in the year ahead.
There has been a principal shuffle in the New Westminster school district.
George Abbott made his fourth visit to New Westminster as education minister on Thursday morning to announce $3.3 million in funding for school playgrounds in the province.
The board of education plans to seek public input on an anti-homophobia policy the New Westminster school district is considering.
The district parent advisory council is asking the Ministry of Education to audit math marks at New Westminster Secondary School.