School boards used as whipping post

I would encourage our board, and all other boards, to reject the CUPE contract.

Editor, The News:

Re: School boards knew of CUPE costs, minister says.

School trustees are required to submit a balanced budget.

After much analysis, adjustment and tough cuts, they were able to accomplish this task.

The provincial government then negotiates an agreement with CUPE that will require the local school district to cover an additional cost of around $1 million.

I would encourage our board, and all other boards, to reject the CUPE contract on the grounds of inability to pay. The provincial government must cover the cost incurred.

I would also encourage the board to vote the same way on any agreement with the BCTF, unless it is funded by the province.

School boards  are between a rock and a hard place and should refuse to be the whipping post for the provincial government underfunding public education.

Ian Strachan

Maple Ridge

 

Editor’s note: Ian Strachan is former principal at Thomas Haney secondary.

 

Shifting blame

Editor, The News:

Re: School boards knew of CUPE costs, minister says.

In B.C., no more settlements by a government who then expects the local school boards to provide these raises from existing funds.

The one’s with the money should pay for the raise it approved.

What we have is a ridiculous method that makes no sense and shifts the blame for cuts.

The provincial government is good a shifting blame.

Annette Code

Pitt Meadows

Just Posted

Flood advisory: Watching the rising Fraser

Sandbags available for residents of Wharf Street in Maple Ridge

Revamped patio part of Maple Ridge’s downtown plan

Goal is to make the downtown a lively place

Maple Ridge landmark properties up for sale

On either side of Lougheed Highway at entrance to downtown

Tyler O’Neill homers in three straight games

Slugger from Maple Ridge back in the Majors

Studying addiction and mental health in the elderly

Maple Ridge masters student co-authors papers

Maple Ridge tech company will power Uber Elevate

Moli and Uber announce RD partnership

Woman’s death near Tofino prompts warning about ‘unpredictable’ ocean

Ann Wittenberg was visiting Tofino for her daughter Victoria Emon’s wedding

B.C. man facing deportation says terror accusation left him traumatized

Othman Hamdan was acquitted of terrorism-related charges by a B.C. Supreme Court judge in September

Will Taylor Swift’s high concert ticket prices stop scalpers?

Move by artist comes as B.C. looks to how to regulate scalpers and bots reselling concert tickets

36 fires sparked May long weekend, most due to lightning: BC Wildfire

As warmer weather nears, chief fire officer Kevin Skrepnek says too soon to forecast summer

Ariana Grande sends message of hope on anniversary of Manchester bombing

Prince William joins survivors and emergency workers for remembrance service

Fraser River “vulnerable” to any additional inflows: River Forecast Centre

Two dairy farms have already been relocated from evacuated areas

Pipeline more important than premiers meeting: Notley

“Canada has to work for all Canadians, that’s why we’re fighting for the pipeline”

Canadian government spending tens of millions on Facebook ads

From January 2016 to March 2018, feds spent more than $24.4 million on Facebook and Instagram ads

Most Read