Vancouver School Board saves music program

The Vancouver School Board has passed its budget for the next school year by dipping into capital reserves to offset an $11-million shortfall and save its popular elementary school music programs.

$11M shortfall made up by dipping into capital reserves

Students from the Vancouver School District music programs turned out to protest possible cuts before the board meeting last month. (CBC)

The Vancouver School Board has passed its budget for the next school year by dipping into capital reserves to offset an $11-million shortfall and save its popular elementary school music programs.

While the budget is balanced for another year, Trustee Ken Denike says it's just a band-aid solution, and he worries the next round of fiscal planning will be even tougher.

"It's not a long-term solution; in fact it's one that builds the problem for next year into something that's becoming monumental... We'll get through this year, but next year it's sort of a Hail Mary pass," he said.

Denike says if there is a silver lining, it's that the board managed to keep alive the music program and an athletics coordinator position.

With files from Luke Brocki

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