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Non-teaching staff cut in budget shortfall

The Rainbow District School Board has laid off an unspecified number of non-teaching staff has it wrestles with a tough budget.  The board has also reduced professional learning for staff and cut some programs.  The cutbacks are the result of a budget shortfall of almost $1.7 million.  The shortfall is the result of the province giving the board less money because of ongoing declining enrolment.  When school starts up again this fall, the board is expecting a further drop of 279 full-time equivalent students.  The board balanced its $183 million budget by using $463-thousand from its reserve fund.

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