New system expected to downsize school district’s finance department

Chilliwack school district is upgrading its financial reporting system bringing it in line with other district's in the province.

Chilliwack school board has approved the replacement of the school district’s financial reporting system at a one-time cost of $560,000.

The expense will come out of the school district’s local capital fund, which currently has a reserve of $1.8 million, and will be paid back within three and a half years through the staff savings it will produce.

The current reporting system for the district’s finances and human resources is year’s out of date, said secretary treasurer Gerry Slykhuis.

“It’s hard to use, it’s labour intensive to do anything… it’s very hard to get good reporting and good information out of the existing system,” said Slykhuis.

“And a budget this size, you need to be able to have good access to financial and HR information.”

The new system will be more efficient, and will eliminate the need for some of the staffing positions currently held in the school district’s finance department – at a savings of about $170,000 a year.

Slykhuis “hoped” not to leave staff without jobs, but rather to cut through attrition.

“My job is to spend as little as possible outside the classroom, however, sometimes you have to invest in modern tools in order to do that,” said Slykhuis. “Managing a $125 million budget with our current tools is really inadequate, and I can’t have the handle on my budget and my finances with the kind of reporting I have.”Slykhuis said it will bring Chilliwack school district in line with other school districts in the province.

The new system will cost an extra $8,000 annually in maintenance fees amounting to $75,000 a year.

The implementation will take two years to complete.

kbartel@theprogress.com

twitter.com/schoolscribe33

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Sumas First Nation pilots eight-inch gill-net fishery in Sumas/Vedder River

Project in Abbotsford renews fishing practice and data gathering of chinook salmon

Chilliwack home built in 1910 will be saved from demolition

The 110-year-old house on Hope River Road is being relocated to nearby Riverside Drive

New Broadway Street bike lanes ‘confusing’ say Chilliwack residents

Freshly painted bike lanes feature buffered and protected areas along Airport-Broadway corridor

Police watchdog investigating after Abbotsford man seriously injured during arrest

Abbotsford police used ‘less lethal firearm’ and dog in arrest of man believed to have gun

NDP wants Chilliwack-Kent MLA removed from BC Liberal caucus for alleged homophobia

BC Liberal leader, some MLAs apologize for Christian magazine ads but Laurie Throness doubles down

21 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in B.C. as virus ‘silently circulates’ in broader community

Health officials urge British Columbians to enjoy summer safely as surge continues

Tough time for tree fruits as some B.C. farm products soar

Province reports record 2019 sales, largely due to cannabis

Abbotsford woman starts petition to have B.C. government help with IVF costs

Jennifer Kuiken says cost of in vitro fertilization is too high for most people

‘Let’s all do a self-check’: Okanagan mayor reacts to racist vandalism targeting local family

Home of Indo-Canadian family in Summerland was targeted on evening of July 13

Province agrees to multimillion-dollar payout for alleged victims of Kelowna social worker

Robert Riley Saunders is accused of misappropriating funds of children — often Indigenous — in his care

B.C. businessman David Sidoo gets 3 months behind bars for college admissions scam

Sidoo was sentenced for hiring someone take the SATs in place of his two sons

PHOTOS: Inside a newly-listed $22M mega-mansion on ALR land in B.C.

The large home, located on ALR land, is one of the last new mansions to legally be built on ALR land

COVID-19 gives B.C. First Nation rare chance to examine tourism’s impact on grizzly bears

With 40 infrared cameras deployed in Kitasoo-Xai’Xais territory, research will help develop tourism plan with least impact on bears

RCMP searching for culprit behind needle-filled lemons left on Coquitlam-area trails

The two lemons found were thrown away leaving police with little evidence

Most Read