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CSDM warns budget cuts will hurt school services

04/29/2015 12:25 EDT | Updated 08/04/2015 09:59 EDT
Montreal's French-language school board — the Commission Scolaire de Montréal (CSDM) — is warning parents that budget cuts will hurt student services including bus transportation, food and counseling.

In a letter sent out to parents on Tuesday, the CSDM listed off the changes they may have to make:

- Reduce school bus service.

- Eliminate budget for neighbourhood committees, which funds various school activities including francization camp and sports activities.

- Eliminate commissioners' budget, which went towards parents' committees and helped fund activities such as proms and year-end parties.

- Reduce the scope of food services.

- Cut several positions including guidance counsellors, vice-principals, and special education technicians.

The school board is meeting with the provincial government today to discuss future funding.

Marie-José Mastromonaco, school commissioner for the CSDM in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Westmount, told CBC Daybreak host Mike Finnerty that the newsletter was not a pressure tactic, but a "reality check."

"The impacts are starting to be felt right now," she said.

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