Students in the Surrey School District will benefit from $5.3 million in provincial funding for school upgrade projects and classroom supplies, MLA Stephanie Cadieux announced today on behalf of Education Minister Mike Bernier.
The district will extend the life of 62 schools with $1.75 million in School Enhancement Program funding to upgrade plumbing lines. 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 almost $3.6 million 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.
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.
Stephanie Cadieux, MLA for Surrey-Cloverdale –
“The $5.3 million that our government is investing in the Surrey School District is really an investment in our children’s and our province’s future. By equipping them with the tools they need today, we are preparing them for tomorrow’s success.”
Peter Fassbender, MLA for Surrey-Fleetwood –
“Surrey has experienced exponential growth in recent years. The almost $3.6 million investment through the Student Learning Grant will help the Surrey School District ensure students receive the educational tools they need to succeed.”
Amrik Virk, MLA for Surrey-Tynehead –
“Thanks to responsible fiscal management, we have been able to make remarkable investments – like infrastructure improvements for 62 Surrey schools. In doing so, we are ensuring B.C. students benefit from safe learning environments.”
Marvin Hunt, MLA for Surrey-Panorama –
“Education is the key that will open many doors for our children. The $1.1 billion in funding for B.C.’s K-12 system over the next three years will ensure that our students have the tools they need to unlock their potentials.”
Gordon Hogg, MLA for Surrey-White Rock –
“We all want our children to achieve their learning goals and reach their full potentials. The $27.4 million provincewide investment in school supplies will go a long way to ensure we achieve this vision.”
- 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/