Vancouver Elementary School Teachers' Association (VESTA)

Vancouver Elementary School Teachers' Association (VESTA)

April 04, 2006 19:29 ET

Vancouver Elementary School Teachers' Association: Service to Students is the Only Cut

VANCOUVER, BRITSH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - April 4, 2006) - Vancouver Elementary School Teachers' Association -

The Vancouver School Board released its preliminary budget for 2006/2007 today, and Vancouver elementary teachers are gravely concerned about its contents. Specifically,

- The projected Vancouver School Board budget calls for 37.6 FTE in resource teachers to be cut -- a $2.27 million savings.

- This year, the board will put $2.74 million into the bank.

- The total savings account will now have close to $6 million sitting unused.

- At the same time it is making cuts to teaching positions, the board is proposing $1.1 million in additions to administrators, district office positions, and other expenses.

- It would only cost $450,000 above what is already in the projected budget to provide teacher-on-call service to resource teachers from the first day of absence. But the budget does not provide for this, and disruption will continue in our schools for ESL and other students requiring additional support.

- There is enough money to prevent cuts to resource positions and have the proposed budget additions and provide teacher-on-call service from day one.

Mary McDermott, President of the Vancouver Elementary School Teachers' Association (VESTA), says: "It is very sad that the Vancouver School Board is choosing to cut direct services to our most vulnerable students."


Contact Information

  • Vancouver Elementary School Teachers' Association
    Mary McDermott
    (604) 873-8378
    (604) 873-2652 (FAX)