Rats were recently reported at James Whiteside elementary school, where parents were complaining to media that the problem is serious.
The school district said this week that the rat problem has been fixed. But there is concern the rats could resurface.
Eleven early-shift custodians -- the people responsible for maintaining the city's schools and keeping them clean -- were axed last year as part of a staff cull of nearly 100 people.
The district's assistant superintendent, Nancy Brennan, wasn't sure exactly how many custodian hours have been lost as a result.
She agrees, however, that the cuts are now having an effect at ground level.
"It's definitely a factor," Brennan said.
"We're doing things differently than we did before and we've had to reassign our priorities."
There has been a decrease of hours worked by custodians across the district, Brennan said.Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/news/woes+linked+cutbacks/4389123/story.html#ixzz1FnvvbWTs