Teachers in Langley, B.C., want forensic audit
Teachers in Langley, B.C., voted almost unanimously on Monday to demand that the province perform a forensic audit on the school district's accounting.
The district recently announced a $14.2-million budget shortfall for the 2009-2010 school year, and has proposed slashing more than $6.5 million from its operating budget next year.
Langley Teachers' Association President Susan Fonseca told ctvbc.ca that the district now has the largest per-student shortfall in the province.
"It's because of our district's internal financial mismanagement," she said.
The school board has already voted to close one elementary school, and has proposed cutting some staff positions like school counsellors, as well as slashing some programs.
"Cuts, cuts, cuts -- that's what it's all about," Fonseca said. "Our members are understandably alarmed."
The teachers' association also voted to request that school district not renew Superintendent Cheryl Beaumont's contract past 2011.