School districts across BC are struggling to get to the balanced budgets required by the province, but the Sunshine Coast School District is faring a little better than most.
Board Chair Betty Baxter says part of the reason is that the sort of programs being cut at larger Districts have already faced the axe in SD 46.
Baxter says they have a shortfall of about $600-thousand, but should be able to cover it without much pain because enrollment is down just enough to qualify the District for ” funding protection” from the province.
Baxter also says the District should be able to avoid layoffs, but some part time teachers and custodians could see reduced hours.
She also says there are some bright spots; they’ve been able to increase music from a half-hour to an hour a week for elementary students, and several innovative programs have helped the District qualify for grants and community funding that’s making it possible to stretch the budget.