SD8 to keep $252,000 in administrative savings

Education Minister says districts are free to choose how to spend infusion.

SD8 board chair Lenora Trenaman (seen at right) doesn’t believe additional funding announced this week will make a significant difference to their operation or draft facilities plan

SD8 school board chair Lenora Trenaman is thrilled the Ministry of Education is funnelling an additional $252,000 their direction, but figures they’re still more than $2.5 million away from adequate funding.

“Any more money is great news to every district,” Trenaman told the Star. “But this year we had well over $4 million in requests for funding and when we were finished the budgeting process there was still an unmet $2.7 million.”

She said that means this new cash, which will probably be allocated later in the summer, is essentially a drop in the bucket a view shared by Nelson-Creston MLA Michelle Mungall.

“School districts have been underfunded and seen cuts for years, leading to the current province-wide realities of school closures, overcrowded classrooms and school maintenance deferrals,” Mungall said in a commentary that appears in full on page 6.

“This year, Vancouver school board alone considered cutting $24 million from its programs, services and staff while Osoyoos’s only high school is being closed.”

Education Minister Mike Bernier has announced districts can spend the money however they see fit hiring teachers, starting new programs or maintaining school infrastructure but Trenaman noted that because it’s a one-time payment it’s not “sustainable.”

“It’s not money we’ll receive year after year. It’s going to help and we’re glad for it, but it won’t make much of a difference.”

That being said, the district is pleased they’re given a choice on how exactly to spend the cash. SD8’s $252,383 is part of $25 million in administrative savings by districts across the province that the government is redirecting into “frontline services for students.”

“The BC School Trustees Association is pleased the Ministry of Education and government have been responsive to our ongoing advocacy,” said president Teresa Rezansoff.

“We thank them for engaging in open dialogue with us regarding the funding concerns of school districts. Local autonomy to allocate the money based on local priorities is important.”

But Trenaman doesn’t believe it will have any bearing on their continuing draft facilities plan, which has them considering the closure of six local schools due to declining enrolment and piling deferred maintenance costs.

“Honestly, we just wish we had enough funding for all the needs of our learners to be met,” she said. “In regards to the facilities plan, I don’t anticipate it will have an impact.”

 

Just Posted

Two Nelson Police officers investigated for misconduct

The investigations were made public in an annual report

Morrison wins Kootenay-Columbia for Conservative Party

Unofficial results peg 28,495 votes for Morrison with 98 per cent of polls reporting Monday evening

Nelson plans for Clearwater Creek as additional water source

Existing Selous and Anderson Creek sources to be upgraded

Local artist supports Women’s Centre with exhibit

Matty Kakes has pieces available at Kootenay Coop

UPDATED: Supreme Court of Canada sends Lemon Creek class action back to B.C. court

Court action aims to compensate 2,500 people affected by the Lemon Creek fuel spill

Scheer says Canada more divided than ever, as NDP and Bloc hold cards close

While Liberals were shut out of two key prairie provinces, they took two-thirds of the seats in Ontario

Horvat’s hat trick lifts Canucks to 5-2 win over Red Wings

First career three-goal game for Vancouver captain

Saanich Gulf-Islands’s Elizabeth May coy about leadership plans

The federal Green party leader talks possibility of running as MP without being leader

Estheticians can’t be forced to wax male genitals, B.C. tribunal rules

Langley transgender woman Jessica Yaniv was ordered to pay three salon owners $2,000 each

Two youth arrested in UBC carjacking at gunpoint, after being spotted in stolen Kia

‘A great deal of credit is due the alert person who called us,’ said North Vancouver Sgt. Peter DeVries

People’s Party of Canada’s anti-immigration views ‘didn’t resonate’ with voters: prof

Party was formed on anti-immigration, climate denying views in 2018

Windstorm knocks out power for 10,000 in north and central B.C.

Power slowly being restored, BC Hydro says

Investor alert: ‘Split games’ pyramid scheme circulating in B.C.

British Columbia Securities Commission issues warning about scheme selling virtual shares

Federal NDP may support B.C. with major projects, Carole James says

SkyTrain Surrey extension, Massey Tunnel need Ottawa’s help

Most Read