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Quesnel School District forced to close schools due to budget cuts

The Quesnel School District is facing a massive budget crunch.

The district is facing a funding cut of over $634,000 in the upcoming school year.

Yesterday the school district decided to close three schools in a budget saving move, but it’s still not clear if that’s enough.

Tony Goulet is the Chairperson of School District 28.

He says it’s not just his district facing school closures and budget hits.

While enrollment is down, leading to a cut in almost $270,000 in funding, there’s also a $168,000 administrative cut, and a $368,000 loss from a decline in funding protection.

The district also is to contribute $136,000 to the Next Generation Network.

In a recent interview Premier Christy Clark said she wants schools to find efficiencies in order to save money.

Goutlet says that’s fine, but counters the province continues to offload expenses onto school districts, making balancing the budget difficult.

Goulet points out the north is often left wanting when it comes to distributing funds, but hopes the school trustees will be vocal.

The schools closing in the Quesnel School District next year are Parkland Elementary, Kersley Elementary, and Baker Elementary.

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