School board votes for schools

Keeping all of the facilities in the district open, that is

The previous school board said they were committed to keeping all the schools in the district open — and the new school board put it in writing at their first regular meeting this week.

With four of the five trustees newly elected, they unanimously supported a motion that: “The Board of Education of School District 69 (Qualicum) commits to keeping all schools in School District 69 open while looking at all options to increase revenues and decrease expenses.”

Trustee Ross Milligan, who brought the motion forward, said the first step in dealing with the district’s declining enrolment and therefore decreasing funding is to increase revenue and decrease expenses which they will be looking to the community for help with.

There was no further discussion on the motion.