Chilliwack – The Chilliwack Board of Education extends an invitation to join in virtually for the Public Budget Presentation on Tuesday, April 13 at 7:00 pm (during the Regular Board Meeting).
Register to participate & watch here: https://sd33.bc.ca/2020-2021
The Regular Board Meeting Agenda Package has been posted on the school district website:
- Members of the public must register for the Zoom Webinar in order to watch the meeting in real time.
- Questions and comments may be typed into the Q and A function during the public participation portions of the agenda.
- Meetings will be recorded and posted online the day following the meeting.
For the 7:00 p.m. April 13, 2021 Board of Education Meeting, please register here in order to watch and participate.
The nuts and bolts of the 2020-2021 amended budget for the Chilliwack School Board passed in late February (23) by a vote of 6-1.
Trustee Darrel Ferguson was the lone negative vote. This was from recent concerns that the budget proceeding go back behind closed doors. A ruling quashed by Chair Willow Reichelt due to protocol and keeping budget numbers in the public.
Gerry Slykhuis, Secretary Treasurer recommended the Board of Education approve the transfer of $2,106,259 from the Operating Fund to Local Capital, and that $5,028,301 of the Local Capital Funds be designated as Internally Restricted-School Capital Commitments.
There was public concern that if the Board did not pass the budget prior to the February 28 deadline from the Ministry of Education, that the Ministry did have the power to fire the entire board, and run the district until the 2022 Municipal Elections.
Prior to the regular meeting, Dr. Carin Bondar was sworn in as the new Trustee after her recent by-election win. Social media erupted as to why Barry Neufeld was not there.
Chair Reichelt: Trustee Neufeld is barred from in camera meetings for the rest of the school year. He is not barred from public meetings and received the same invite to Carin Bondar’s inauguration as every other trustee.