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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

School Board Budget Talks

Chesley | by John Divinski  

Bluewater Board holds public meetings about budget for next school year.

How would you like to start your fiscal year, four million dollars in the hole?

That's exactly what the Bluewater District School Board is facing for the 2011/2012 year.

In fact, Business Committee Chair Dan Wong says the deficit is over four-million-dollars.

Wong says they'll be looking for suggestions and comments from all stakeholders when the budget talks begin, tonight at 7 PM, at the Bluewater Education Centre in Chesley.

An additional meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 16th at 7 PM at Hillcrest Elementary School in Owen Sound.

Wong says a presentation will be given on the education ministry funding formula and the challenges facing trustees in setting the new budget.

He says they're facing a critical shortfall in money and they need suggestions as to what can be done to balance the budget.

Wong says they know they have some tough decisions ahead.


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