CBE approves budget despite deep cuts
Published Wednesday, May 29, 2013 6:19AM MDT Last Updated Wednesday, May 29, 2013 8:44AM MDT
The Calgary Board of Education has approved its budget for 2013-14, making changes to handle a huge $62M operating shortfall.
Major cuts will be likely affecting high school students the most as many teachers and administrators have been laid off for the city’s secondary schools.
That will mean larger class sizes and fewer options for students.
The board says they decided on those layoffs in an attempt to preserve small class sizes for kindergarten through Grade 3.
Councillors also raised concerns about the speed at which the budget was passed, which left no time for public input.
They say the priority list of schools was only released 24 hours before the start of the meeting on Tuesday night.
They’re expecting 10,000 new students in the system by 2017 and that will require another 25 schools and major renovations for another 24.