Education assistants in the district will receive more funds thanks to a new CUPE agreement.

Kootenay Lake education assistants get a raise

Educational assistants will receive "a considerable amount of funds provincially."

More money is being provided for educational assistants in the Kootenay Lake school district.

“It is my pleasure to announce that an agreement has been reached with CUPE employees of School District 8,” administrator Ben Eaton told trustees Tuesday.

“This is a considerable amount of funds provincially about $20 million to provide on-going, multi-year support. As of Dec. 7, these educational assistants will be eligible to receive 45 minutes of collaboration time and an additional hour of direct face-to-face time with students.”

He was effusive about the news.

“This is something we should celebrate as a district. Our most vulnerable students are receiving additional supports, and this gives the educational assistants a chance to collaborate with teachers and other specialists.”

Locally, this means an additional $202,000 will end up in the hands of educational assistants.