Students in the Prince George School District will benefit from almost $1.6 million in provincial funding for school upgrade projects and classroom supplies, MLA Mike Morris and MLA Shirley Bond announced today on behalf of Education Minister Mike Bernier.
The district will extend the life of five schools with $900,500 in School Enhancement Program funding to upgrade plumbing lines and heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems at Edgewood Elementary, Foothills Elementary, Nukko Lake Elementary, Pineview Elementary and Blackburn Elementary schools. 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 $650,519 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.
Mike Morris, MLA for Prince George-Mackenzie –
“These exciting investments in infrastructure and classroom equipment foster a safer and more productive learning environment. The continued support for the Prince George School District is part of the B.C. Government’s firm commitment to British Columbia students and families.”
Shirley Bond, MLA for Prince George-Valemount –
“We are proud that as a result of British Columbia’s strong economic position, the B.C. government is able to make record investments to assist the next generation of community leaders. New equipment, supplies and updated facilities play an essential part in ensuring continued success in our schools.”
- 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/