Saturday, February 16, 2013

QMJHL: Surging Herd Remain Hot

In "Q" action the Halifax Mooseheads doubled Shawinigan 6-3 last night at the Metro Centre. Tonight, a sellout crowd is expected in Halifax, as the Moose welcome the Moncton Wildcats.

Dieppe Drop 'Jacks In Blowout Loss

An embarrassing home loss for the CIBC Wood Gundy Lumberjacks as they got drilled 11-1 by Dieppe. The Commandos led 3-1 early in the second before scoring eight unanswered goals. Jared Dodman had the lone marker for the Jacks who travel to Amherst tonight.

School Board Facing Third Straight Year Of Budget Cuts

The South Shore Regional School Board is bracing for their third straight year of budget cuts. The board was hit with a 1.5 per cent reduction from the province earlier this week, resulting in a loss of $995,200. Officials also estimate 1.2 per cent for wage increases and cost of living increases including fuel and electricity. Those targets are expected to be $850,000. That's a loss of over $1.8-million. Last year, the budget was reduced by $1.4-million and in 2011-12, the budget was cut by $2.7-million. Superintendent Nancy Pynch-Worthylake says it's a difficult situation to be in.

The board is facing declining enrollment, which could have resulted in a greater funding reduction but the province set a cap at 1.5 per cent. Pynch-Worthylake says it will be extremely difficult to meet the budget target without reducing staff.