The Saskatchewan School Boards Association says programming changes and cuts are inevitable due to lower provincial funding.
The SSBA claims the second reading of Bill 63 means legislation is on the way to all but take away the financial power school boards have and give them to the ministry of education.
The province has told school boards layoffs and programming cuts are not an option as school divisions continue to look for efficiencies to make up for the funding shortfall.
Doctor Shawn Davidson, President of the Saskatchewan School Boards Association says that is no easy task.
“It’s a huge challenge when you consider that boards of education have already found 20-million-dollars in efficiencies in the last year alone, we’re doing all kinds of things with joint purchasing and joint transportation agreements and bulk purchases of natural gas. Some school divisions are joining together and buying school buses, there’s lots of things happening around the province,” Davidson said.
Davidson says while there are more efficiencies that can be found, the level that remains out there to find is not the same as the funding cuts school boards have been handed.