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SD68 budget meeting leads to new ideas for cuts

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There could be fewer Trustees on the Nanaimo Ladysmith School Board when the election rolls around.

Cutting their own number was one of the ideas that came from the Board at a packed budget meeting Tuesday night.

20 delegations stopped just short of begging the Board to spare teachers and support workers from job cuts.  44 full time positions are slated for cuts as part of a plan to save $5.4 million.

Mike Ball, President of the Nanaimo District Teachers Association, says teaching jobs have been cut 20 per cent cut since 2001, while administration has grown.

Board Chair Dot Neary points out they are asking Senior Management to come back with ideas for cuttting administration.

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The Board also approved a public consultation on the idea of trimming the the number of Trustees from 9 to 7 before the November elections.

The Board’s business committee meets April 16th, and the budget could be decided by the end of the month.

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