Ministry asks for SD73 budget cuts

A demand from the Ministry that SD73 chop 1.5 per cent from its budget isn't sitting well with North Thompson trustee John Harwood

A demand from the Ministry of Education that School District 73 chop 1.5 per cent from its budget to pay for staff wage increases isn't sitting well with North Thompson trustee John Harwood.

"We only have 10 per cent of our budget that's outside of wages," he said. "It's very difficult to be told partway through the school year that we have to cut the budget."

The school district has sent a letter to the Ministry asking that it reconsider its request. About 60 other school districts in the province are sending letters as well.

The 1.5 per cent cut would amount to $300,000 this year. The Ministry has asked for another 1.5 per cent cut next year.

The school districts are being told to come up with plans on how they will make the cuts by Jan. 15.