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Help for debt-ridden New Westminster school districtJune 6, 2014

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The B.C. Education Ministry has hired a special adviser to help New Westminster school district get out of debt.

David Greenan will begin working with district superintendent John Gaiptman, formerly Victoria’s superintendent, over the summer on an open-ended contract, board chairwoman Jonina Campbell confirmed Friday.

New Westminster owes the ministry $4.8 million and is to begin a five-year repayment plan next year.

Greenan, who was secretary-treasurer for the Vernon school district before his retirement a decade ago, also helped Langley school district when it was struggling with a multi-million-dollar debt in 2010. It finished repaying that money last year.

New Westminster district has had financial problems for many years.

“We are working collaboratively with the ministry and we appreciate their support,” Campbell told me in an interview after I was tipped to this development. She noted that the district managed to balance its 2014-15 budget.

The New Westminster DPAC appealed to the government for help in 2012 after rosy predictions about the district’s finances in June were lost in red ink by September. Here is a story I wrote at that time.

I am a guest blogger for BCCPAC and information presented here does not represent the views of the organization.

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