A roomful of teachers and staff waited anxiously for the meeting to get underway.

A roomful of teachers and staff waited anxiously for the meeting to get underway.

UPDATE: Cancelled budget meeting rescheduled for April 30

It was standing room only at tonight's special meeting of the Prince Rupert School District board of education.

It was standing room only at tonight’s special meeting of the Prince Rupert School District board of education, with a final vote on the budget expected.

Unfortunately for the crowd that lined the board room and spilled out into the hallway, mostly teachers and staff and many dressed in shirts in protest of Bill 22, the meeting and the vote never came to be. At seven p.m., the scheduled start time of the special meeting to give third and final reading to the Annual Budget Bylaw for 2012-2013, only trustees Tina Last, Bart Kuntz and Terri-Lynne Huddlestone were in attendance. With four trustees missing there was no quorum present.

As per procedure, board chair Last announced that the board would wait 30 minutes before ruling the meeting couldn’t take place due to a lack of quorum. At 7:30 p.m., with no additional trustees in attendance, the gallery was informed the meeting had to be cancelled.

The meeting to vote on the 2012/2013 budget has been rescheduled to April 30 at seven p.m. at the school board office.