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REPORTING · 2nd October 2011
Walter McFarlane
The School Board had to Balance their Budget at the regular meeting on Wednesday, September 28th. To do so, they took $2,000,000 from their reserves draining them. According to School Board Chair, Barry Pankhurst, they have around $144,000 left.

Pankhurst explained they had a number of high heating bills, issues around bill 33 and similar items. They are participating in a BC School Trustees Association review of the funding formula.

“We need changes made to it. I gave a presentation to the premier in July when she was here and she said she was willing to call a meeting with the Northern school boards to discuss the issues about funding formula,” said Pankhurst.

He explained the BCSTA are doing a review of the extra costs they are incurring. When asked why the government is not taking the recent cold weather into account, Pankhurst replied:

“Well, the government would say to you that we give sufficient amount of money but the government looks at these things from the lower mainland vs. what it would cost in the North for Northern School Boards, they have no concept of life in the North,” said Pankhurst.
Windmills on Thornhill Site
Comment by good idea maven on 3rd October 2011
We all know how windy it is in Thornhill. Maybe the schoolboard should consider installing a windmill or two. There would be surplus cash and all the heat they wanted.
Budget time
Comment by Maggie Jo on 2nd October 2011
Eeeks...the heating costs were that steep?

But, uh...we were reassured during the "closing down of schools" that the intent of doing so was to save money to use elsewhere within the Board's budget. With the rising heating costs...puh-lease don't tell me we're still paying to heat up those vacant beasts!

I can understand that we very well may be heating up all the vacant schools so the bldgs won't rot and collapse before our eyes. But if we are heating up the vacant schools anyway... perhaps we could utilize those bldgs to assist local groups like the Anti-Poverty Society who are constantly petitioning for places to utilize while performing their Charitable acts towards this Community.

In any event, I would like to say thank you to those who take the time away from their employment/family lives to try to work out the best solutions for our school-aged children in this District. I realize it's not an easy task.