School District 73 facing big budget shortfall

By James Peters
April 22, 2016 - 5:35am Updated: April 22, 2016 - 7:49pm

KAMLOOPS — School District 73 is looking at yet another multi-million dollar budget shortfall.

The district presented its budget to the public in an information session yesterday, and Superintendent Karl deBruijn says the combination of declining enrollment and a government-mandated decrease in administration costs has hit hard.

"Together those two result in a $3.7 million less revenue to work with this year. We are fortunate however to have $1.25 million savings in pension contributions, so we were able to apply that it, bring in the overall problem to $2.45 million," said DeBruijn.

DeBruijn says the district will need to decrease its staffing by about 20 in order to balance the books, including about 15 teaching positions.

He adds it's hoped that can be accomplished through retirements and other expected cases of attrition.

Early morning vehicle fire near Kamloops Airport

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