Communities to fund SD 27 shortfalls

School District 27 trustees are proposing to increase fees and change policy for community use of schools.

School District 27 trustees are proposing to increase fees and change policy for community use of schools.

If approved, that means the district would be downloading yet more costs onto already overburdened, overtaxed families.

We should all stand up and fight against this one.

Schools, as we all heard during the consultation process on school closures, are the heart of our communities.

Trying to turn a profit on that “heart” is just plain wrong.

The local school district, although clearly struggling to find ways to deliver services under ever-tightening budget constraints, has gone down the wrong path here.

Community use fees, no matter how much you raise them, are simply a drop in the bucket compared to costs that will be coming down the pike from the recent Supreme Court ruling on class size as well as teacher’s raises and raises for support staff.

Thankfully, Williams Lake city council seems to be onboard with the community’s concern on this issue and has stepped up to the plate.

Council planned to discuss the problem at its committee of the whole meeting last night (Tuesday, Feb. 18) and is also drafting a formal letter asking the board to extend its consultation period to allow for more dialogue.

One would think that using the school during the evenings would not pose much of an added burden to the school district budget.

Schools need to be heated no matter what day of the week it is and lights are usually on for the janitors when they are working.

We already have a lack of facilities in Williams Lake, do we really need to short change ourselves even more?

Stop the madness. Say no to these increases.

– Williams Lake Tribune

Williams Lake Tribune