The Quesnel School District has received it’s operating grant for 2016-2017 and the news isn’t good.
Tony Goulet, the Chair of Quesnel’s Board of Education, says they are getting more than 634 thousand dollars less than they received for this year.
He says declining enrollment and a decline in funding protection are to blame.
And Goulet says that’s not the end of it.
He says they are also being hit with things like wage increases, an MSP hike and Hydro increases which pushes the shortfall up around the 1 million dollar mark.
All of this comes on the heels of possible school closures.
The Board will meet tonight to decide the fate of Parkland, Kersley and Ecole Baker elementary schools.
Goulet says more than 200 people attended last (March 29) night’s final consultation meeting on the issue.
He says it was very emotional.
Should the District decide to close schools, Goulet says not even that would save enough money for what they are losing in funding.