Two weeks after School District 79’s trustees were fired for adopting a deficit budget, a balanced one has taken its place.
Government-appointed trustee Mike McKay adopted his $82.4-million fiscal plan for Cowichan’s school district on Monday.
The budget removes what the former board called restorative pieces, and makes a few other adjustments to balance the books.
Savings were found in trustee remuneration and travel, since the nine-member board was removed, while additions include $25,000 into the legal fees budget, and about a half-million dollars into teachers for the international program, and staff contingencies (funded through a surplus of about $300,000).
Cowichan’s elected board was fired July 1 after refusing to submit a balanced budget to the Ministry of Education by June 30.