To the editor:
Re: "School board bureaucracy bloated and unnecessary," Feb. 29.
Before I put the Courier in the recycling and go on with my day, I just want to say I never thought I'd see such an opinion in print, thought through, and substantiated. Years and years ago when my daughters were in elementary school and I was on the local Parents Advisory Committee executive (with Patti Bacchus, I might add but that's another story), I attended a meeting where Vancouver School Board reps were answering questions about their internal budget. I asked, "So how many $85,000-ayear accounting positions are there?"
The finance guy from the school board said "What?" Then I asked, "Well, you're cutting one $85,000 a year accounting position. I just wondered if that was one of two or one of six or?"
He refused to answer and moved on to the next question.
I personally think the two most poisonous elements in all this are the VSB and the teachers' union executive. I hope that the new guy Rick Guenther gets elected to lead the B.C.Teachers' Federation and bring a less shrill tone to the proceedings.
Cate Atkinson, Vancouver
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