Students in the Abbotsford School District will benefit from almost $2.5 million in provincial funding for school upgrade projects, classroom supplies and new school buses, MLA Simon Gibson announced today on behalf of Education Minister Mike Bernier.
The district will extend the life of Robert Bateman Secondary school with $706,125 in School Enhancement Program funding to upgrade the lighting. Every school district will receive a portion of this year’s $53-million investment, supporting 223 projects.
Under the new Student Learning Grant, the district will receive $991,028 to purchase classroom equipment and supplies such as textbooks, lab equipment and art supplies. The district will begin back-to-school planning with parents and teachers now to determine how best to use the one-time funding to reduce costs for parents and help teachers deliver B.C.’s new curriculum. This one-time grant is providing school districts with a total of $27.4 million.
Abbotsford School of Integrated Arts North Poplar Campus in the district will become more energy efficient this year thanks to $331,250 for a boiler upgrade under the provincial Carbon Neutral Capital Program. This upgrade will help the school save money. This year government is investing over $5 million to support 23 projects in 15 districts under the program.
Students in the district will also benefit from three new school buses, thanks to $460,264 in School Bus Replacement Program funding. This year government is investing a total of $9.4 million to purchase about 71 new or replacement buses in 25 districts under the program.
As a result of B.C.’s strong economy and balanced budget, the Government of British Columbia is able to support record funding increases for students and B.C.’s education system. Budget 2017 commits an additional $740 million in operating funds over the next three years. Combined with $400 million in previously announced budget increases, this means an additional $1.1 billion in funding will benefit the K-12 system over the next three years. In addition, Budget 2017 supports $2 billion in capital spending to upgrade or build new schools over the next three years.
Simon Gibson, MLA for Abbotsford-Mission –
“Funding for our school districts is something that we can all be proud of. Our children are our future, and their education is what will set them up for success. This investment will fund important school upgrades, improve transportation services and boost student achievement.”
Darryl Plecas, MLA for Abbotsford South –
“This $2.5 million investment in school infrastructure, supplies and student transportation shows our government’s commitment to our students and helps ensure their futures are bright. This funding reflects that by maintaining the high standards we have for our children and their schools.”
Mike de Jong, MLA for Abbotsford West –
“Announcing this additional $2.5 million in funding for our schools shows what we can do when we work together and manage our province responsibly. This funding means improved infrastructure, student transportation and classroom supplies and most importantly, supports our students in reaching their full potential.”
- In total, government is investing $95 million under these programs to ensure students have the services, environment and tools they need to succeed. Every school district in B.C. will receive a portion of this funding.
- Including today’s announcement, government has invested a total of $153 million under the School Enhancement Program since it was launched in 2014. In total, almost 623 school improvement projects have been approved under the program.
- The Student Learning Grant provides one-time funding to help schools and teachers with the cost of classroom tools and equipment to support B.C.’s new curriculum. Of the $29.4-million grant, school districts are receiving a total of $27.4 million and independent schools are receiving $2 million.
- Each year, government spends about $5 million in Carbon Neutral Capital Program funding for school projects that cut greenhouse gas emissions.
- Each year, government provides about $10 million in School Bus Replacement Program funding to help school districts purchase new and replacement school buses to ensure students have access to safe and reliable transportation.
Student Learning Grant: http://ow.ly/ibEm309kJbQ
Carbon Neutral Capital Program: http://ow.ly/7rfi309kMdZ
School Capital Planning: http://ow.ly/slzM309kJwS
B.C.’s new curriculum: https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/