Kamloops-Thompson school trustees unanimously supported a motion from trustee Annette Glover calling for the province to change the way it accounts for district financial data.
The ad hoc resolution, coming from the Okanagan district as well as District 73, calls on the B.C. School Trustees Association to lobby the the Ministry of Education and the auditor general’s office on the importance of amended budget bylaws.
Each year the district prepares a preliminary budget in spring and revises the budget, based on changes in enrolment and staffing, with an amended budget bylaw in February.
The amended bylaw is a requirement set out by the provincial government, but the province provides funding using out-of-date figures. This complicates budget planning for district, resulting in the periodic holdback of funds and financial unpredictability.
“This is a motherhood issue,” Glover said, implying that she expects other B.C. school districts will follow suit on the resolution.
“We want to keep (budget figures) as up-to-date and current as possible.”