The Burnaby DPAC (District parent Advisory Council) is conducting a survey on potential cuts to the SD41 Burnaby School District budget for 2015/16. Deadline for the survey is April 20 midnight, and survey results will be used by DPAC to advise the District on parent and PAC priorities.
We invite all Burnaby parents and residents to take the survey HERE.
The Burnaby School District is facing a $2.4 million shortfall in the 2015/16 school year if the status quo budget is followed. In other words, if nothing were to change in the running of the district (and staffing, support and service levels from this year were to continue), the district would face a $2.4 million deficit. By law, school districts must submit a balanced budget to the province, and the Burnaby School District has prepared a draft of potential budget adjustments and is looking for DPAC, PAC and parent input before the final is approved.
Included in the total shortfall is $1.2 million in administrative savings (Burnaby’s portion of $23 million administrative efficiencies announced in the Provincial Budget). These savings must be on-going and sustainable, must be confined to non-instructional budgets and cannot have direct impact on the classroom.
Other budget adjustments that have been put forward by district staff include reductions to Librarian time at elementary and secondary and reductions to Distributed learning and Continuing Education staffing allocations.