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

Marauders to play in championship Saturday

Pitt Meadows hosting senior boys basketball tournament

Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows part of speculation and vacancy tax

Watch the mail, fill out the form, or you’ll be taxed

Another Burrard wins a field lacrosse scholarship

Cooke playing for Newbury Wolves in South Carolina

Bella is tops for Maple Ridge dogs

City’s website offers pet trivia

Maple Ridge urged to help cannabis business grow

Big dollars in processing pot, says advocate

VIDEO: U.S. Congress to probe whether Trump told lawyer Cohen to lie

At issue is a BuzzFeed News report that about negotiations over a Moscow real estate project

Rookie Demko backstops Canucks to 4-3 win over Sabres

Young Vancouver goalie makes 36 saves to turn away Buffalo

Charges upgraded against mother of murdered B.C. girl

Kerryann Lewis now faces first- rather than second-degree murder in the death of Aaliyah Rosa.

UPDATE: Injured firefighter in stable condition

Kelowna fire crews responded to a blaze at Pope’sGallery of BC Art & Photography on Friday

Book a ride on a driverless shuttle in Surrey or Vancouver

Automated vehicle demos are being offered, as the two cities plan pilot projects with the shuttles

Heavy snowfall expected on the Coquihalla

Snowfall warning in effect for the Coquihalla Highway, from Hope to Merritt

Rare ‘super blood wolf moon’ takes to the skies this Sunday

Celestial event happens only three times this century

Arrest made after historic B.C. church hit by arson

The fire at the 150-year-old Murray United Church in Merritt was considered a possible hate crime

Missing man from Crowsnest Pass could be in Lower Mainland

58-year-old Stuart David Duff was last seen on Jan. 6, 2019.

Most Read