Appointed SD79 trustee adopts balanced budget

Mike McKay passes $82,410,245 budget, replacing deficit $85,631,906 budget previously adopted by fired trustees

Appointed trustee Mike McKay’s first school board meeting lasted 42 relaxed minutes

Appointed trustee Mike McKay’s first school board meeting lasted 42 relaxed minutes

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.