Families in the Southeast Kootenay school district will benefit from improved transportation services, thanks to $361,459 in funding under the new provincial Student Transportation Fund.
Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett announced today, on behalf of Education Minister Mike Bernier, that the Southeast Kootenay school district will use the new funding to:
- Enhance curricular and extracurricular travel, this includes athletics programs.
- Improve bus routes.
- Provide mechanical equipment upgrades.
- Improve bus safety by installing video cameras and providing additional supervision and driver training.
- Provide additional special education services.
The new $14.7-million Student Transportation Fund was announced in August 2016 to help school districts provide affordable and accessible transportation for British Columbia families.
To be eligible for funding, school districts had to submit a plan to the Ministry of Education outlining how they will use the funding to enhance transportation services for students and families. The amount of funding for which a district is eligible is based on a formula tied to the ministry’s student-location factor, which is used to determine the rural makeup of a school district.
As a result of B.C.'s strong economic growth and fiscal discipline, government is able to support and fund projects that make a real difference in the lives of British Columbians.
Bill Bennett, MLA for Kootenay East –
“This funding will provide a considerable numbers of safety improvements. Parents want their children to have access to the safest and most reliable transportation possible, and this funding will ensure that happens.”
The Student Transportation Fund builds on government’s recent investments to further strengthen B.C.’s education system and support student learning, including:
- $25 million of administrative savings returned to school districts to invest in students;
- $2-million Rural Education Enhancement Fund to help keep schools open;
- $28 million to ensure enrolment increases and labour settlements are covered; and,
- $6 million to train teachers on coding and new curriculum and to buy computers.
Read the Student Transportation Fund news release: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2016EDUC0076-001429