School District #83 still doesn’t know what the cost will be for the special adviser brought in to make a report to the Ministry of Education on school board governance in the region.
But the local school district won’t be paying the full cost of Liz Watson’s report out of its own budget. The school district confirms the Ministry of Education has made a commitment to cover half the cost.
The school district has received an estimate on the potential cost of the adviser’s work, but does not want to reveal it publicly because it is only a very rough indication of what the actual cost may be.
Watson, a lawyer and adviser to both corporations and government, was appointed in April after the school district asked the ministry for help. This came in the wake of the resignation of three trustees and revelations that $10.5 million was transferred from the school district’s operating surplus to its capital budget to help pay for the $9 million administration offices.
Watson has visited the school district over the past two weeks and spoken with many stakeholders including trustees, administration and the District Parent Advisory Council.
Her report, which will consider the board’s governance practices, relationships with district management, accountability, budget processes and capital planning, is due back to the Ministry of Education on May 20.