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Nova Scotia school boards should stop public meetings until all facts are out - CUPE

Jan 26, 2011 10:37 AM
 


TRURO, NS – The president of CUPE Nova Scotia Danny Cavanagh says all boards should be including their annual financial statements in their presentations to the public. 

“The boards have not painted a very clear picture of their finances to date.  We have now learned, for instance, that they have completely neglected to mention the funding they receive from municipalities in their calculations. This amounts to over $185 million dollars,” says Cavanagh. “Instead some boards have decided to paint a very bleak picture to parents, students, and their staff by leaving out some very important facts.

“For starters, the school boards should come clean about what kind of surplus they have, if any.  Do they have money in reserve funds that was not mentioned in their presentations? We've also heard from our locals that some Boards are actually on spending sprees right now. Where is the accountability?"

Cavanagh says, “It is totally unfair for these school boards to be making public presentations on their financial situation with incomplete information. On behalf of our 4,500 school board members across the province, we call on the Education Minister to urge these boards to put an end to these public presentations until they get their facts straight.”


For more information, please contact:

Danny Cavanagh     
President, CUPE Nova Scotia
(902) 957-0822 (cell)    

John McCracken
CUPE Communications Representative
(902) 455-4180