School trustees right to stand on principle

Cowichan trustees keep word on restoring budget, Greater Victoria was close to "needs budget only" strategy

Is it legal for the provincial government to fire duly-elected school board trustees?

The education minister will fire the Cowichan District trustees if they don’t file a balanced budget by the end of this month.

Five of the trustees ran for election on a platform to restore some of the services that have been cut from their district in the last three years.

The community elected them based on that and they kept their word, voting 5-4 to submit a restorative budget to the government.

In order to file a balanced budget, the trustees would have to cut even more services from the schools in the district, thereby betraying the people of the community who elected them.

Greater Victoria School District trustees would be on the firing line alongside those in Cowichan, but for one vote. What services did our trustees have to cut to keep their jobs?

Contrary to what we hear from government about how they are spending more money on education and how there are fewer students every year, our school districts are forced to continue cutting programs and services to comply with the School Act and balance the budget.

If we want to fire any of our elected representatives, Education Minister George Abbott, for instance, we would have to engage in a recall process whereby the people get to vote. The Cowichan community that elected these trustees should have a say in this matter.

Heather Brown

Victoria

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Langford boy wakes up from surgery to find stuffed puppy wearing the same cast

Hospital staff outfitted ‘Eddy’ the puppy to match the young patient

VIDEO: Annual artist studio tour goes virtual on Saanich Peninsula

ArtSea converts popular event to online format with personalized artist videos

Local Flavour: Youth take the lead in Victoria’s Pollinator Leadership Team

Guest writer Thompson Hygge, summer intern with Pollinator Partnership Canada

Sewage installation to delay drivers along Sooke Road until early September

Construction starts Monday, August 10 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Flyover at B.C. Leg to commemorate National Peacekeepers’ Day

August 9 marks biggest single day loss of Canadian lives from peace operations

QUIZ: Do you know the truth?

In what has been described as a post-truth era, how much do you know about truth and lies?

Simon Cowell breaks his back falling from electric bike

Incident happened at his home in California

Unofficial holidays: the weird and wonderful things people celebrate around the world

On any given day of the year, there are several strange, silly or serious holidays to observe

Missing teen visiting Courtenay found safe

She had last been seen going for a walk on Aug. 6

Moving on: Tanev scores 11 seconds into OT as Canucks oust Wild

Vancouver beats Minnesota 5-4 to move into first round of NHL playoffs

Fitness non-profit challenges citizens to invent a game to be physically active

The campaign was launched after a study showed only 4.8 per cent of children and youths in Canada met required standards of the 24-hour movement guidelines

Gene editing debate takes root with organic broccoli, new UBC research shows

Broccoli is one of the best-known vegetables with origins in this scientific haze

VIDEO: U.S. Air Force pilot does fly-by for B.C. son amid COVID border separation

Sky-high father-son visit plays out over White Rock Pier

3 Vancouver police officers test positive for COVID after responding to large party

Union president says other officers are self-isolating due to possible exposure

Most Read