Minister Mike Bernier has fired all nine elected Vancouver School Board trustees. (Frederic Janvier Gagnon/CBC

Vancouver .Education Minister Mike Bernier has fired all nine elected Vancouver School Board trustees.

It’s a rare move, but one trustees knew could be coming since they rejected a proposal from the B.C. government to balance their budget last June, which was required by law.

Bernier said the board was dismissed for missing that deadline, and other issues including bullying accusations.

“What we have witnessed from the Vancouver School Board is a misplaced focus on political tactics rather than responsible stewardship,” said Bernier.

The school board was set to finally pass a balanced budget tonight, because the minister made it clear it was a requirement to receive seismic upgrade funding.

But Bernier’s called it “impossible to have any confidence that a potential last-minute change of position.”

Over the years, the B.C. government has fired at least four other school boards for refusing to balance their budget, including Cowichan Valley in 2012 and North Vancouver in 1996. It last happened in Vancouver in 1985.

BY CNC News

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