New Westminster board of education trustee MaryAnn Mortensen
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That took time to fix and while many cost savings were found to eliminate that shortfall, it was too late to stop a lot of the spending because of practices and contracts that were already in place, said trustee MaryAnn Mortensen on Wednesday.
"There was time lag in between and that's money that was spent and not adjusted and when you don't make adjustments early on that makes it more difficult to adjust as you go along," said Mortensen
said the district doesn't expect any new revenue will be received in the last month of the financial year to reduce the $1.67 million figure.
The final damage won't be known until August.
"We do own the deficit.
This is our mismanagement," said Mortensen
Although school boards throughout the province are lobbying for increased funding from the province, New Westminster needs to clean up its own house before advocating for more money, she
"We have to take, in my opinion, the largest responsibilities for the monies that we were given.
It lies with us.
The most significant adjustments are our responsibilities," said Mortensen
said no one in the district anticipated layoffs as devastating as the ones it has had to make, but New Westminster may have not been suffering as much if it had created a contingency fund similar to ones held by many other districts in the area.