Attended a school board meeting last night, as I do every four weeks. Last night’s was a little depressing. We are coming to budget time, and the treasurer informed the board that this district is facing a deficit of almost $1 million. Declining enrolment and increasing expenses. Some really hard decisions need to be made, as the forecast moving forward is an increasing deficit over the next few years.
It got me thinking about our western system. Wages haven’t increased, certainly not in my house and I think not in many houses, at least not by much. Not anywhere near as much as expenses keep increasing. Food, lights, heat – all cost more now than they did two years ago. We keep making the small adjustments, tightening our belts, reducing our footprint; to fight along. When does the system itself get amended? Who makes those hard decisions?
I don’t have the answers, but am trying to find a way to understand and move through these questions.
In the meantime I get my joy from my family and from my surroundings. Breathe deeply, I remind myself.
Campbell River Estuary