01/18/2013 13:29 EST | Updated 03/20/2013 05:12 EDT

Coquitlam schools facing $7.5 million surprise budget shortfall

Administrators at B.C.'s third largest school district are scrambling to make $5 million in cuts, in order to deal with a surprise budget shortfall this year.

The Coquitlam School District says no staffing cuts are planned, but cutbacks will be made in its budgets for supplies, professional development programs, and other discretionary spending.

The money school districts receive from the provincial government is tied to how many students are enrolled. When Coquitlam School Distrcit set its budget last spring, it estimated the student population would grow.

Instead, it declined by nearly 300 students. The district also overestimated the number of foreign students — those that pay to study in Coquitlam.

The Coquitlam School District faces a potential deficit of more than $7.5 million.