Teachers hope Vancouver school trustees to put $2.15 million surplus into supports for students

    VANCOUVER, Sept. 8 /CNW/ - The Vancouver Board of Education's Committee V
(Finance) is meeting today to discuss possibilities for spending a
$2.15 million surplus, and teachers in Vancouver are adamant that this money
should be spent to improve class size and class composition concerns in
Vancouver classrooms.
    "Last year this time, there were 100 elementary classes over the class
composition limits, and over 1200 secondary school courses over the class size
and/or class composition limits," says Glen Hansman, President of the
Vancouver Elementary School Teachers' Association (VESTA). "This picture is
similar this year. The good news, however, is that trustees have the luxury of
a $2.15 million surplus to use at this time."
    Details of the surplus can be found here:
    "We will be encouraging the trustees to spend the money now, so that this
year's student population will not have to face the same conditions they were
placed in last year," continues Glen Hansman.

    VESTA is local 391 of the BC Teachers' Federation, and represents
Vancouver's adult educators and elementary school teachers.

For further information:

For further information: Glen Hansman at (604) 873-8378 (office) or
(604) 813-5318 (cell)

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