Langley School District wants public input on $225 million budget

The public can review the budget and put questions to staff at the budget open house this evening.

The Langley School District is looking at approving a budget of $225,732,520 the the 2017/2018 school year and the public can have a say at the budget open house Monday evening (June 19).

From 6 to 7 p.m. at the district office in Murrayville, the public can review the district plans and ask questions.

The third reading of the budget bylaw is scheduled for the regular public board meeting Tuesday (June 30) at 7 P.M.

This is the district’s first budget since the Supreme Court decision that restored class size and composition requirements from the teachers’ collective agreement.

The budget includes an extra $11.7 million from the province to cover the costs of the extra teachers and associated overhead costs.

But the district estimates it would cost $20.6 million to restore the district to the terms of its collective agreement, according to treasurer David Green.

“The district has local collective agreement language that is ‘superior’ in some aspects to the provincial language,” his budget report to trustees says.

The district is in discussion with the province on the ‘superior’ language issues and how this would be funded.

A balanced budget for the coming school year must be created and submitted to the provincial government for approval each year at this time.

School District 35 Budget