The province is redirecting $25 million in administrative savings school districts back into frontline services for students in British Columbia, it has announced.
Districts will be free to use the funding any way they wish, from hiring new teachers or starting new programs to maintaining schools despite falling enrolment.
“Districts worked hard to reduce their administrative costs and we are pleased to be able to direct that $25 million back to programs and initiatives that will directly benefit the kids of B.C.,” said Education Minister Mike Bernier in a release.
The money is not coming out of government coffers, but instead from the fact that school districts will not have to pay their share of $25 million worth of provincial charges this year.
The savings for the Vancouver school district amount to more than $2 million.
Administrative savings for reinvestment, by district, around Vancouver:
- SD 34 Abbotsford – $846,484
- SD 35 Langley – $851,770
- SD 36 Surrey – $3,128,483
- SD 37 Delta – $690,188
- SD 38 Richmond – $871,987
- SD 39 Vancouver – $2,251,318
- SD 40 New Westminster – $295,560
- SD 41 Burnaby – $1,027,783
- SD 42 Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows – $631,773
- SD 43 Coquitlam – $1,338,556
- SD 44 North Vancouver – $665,252
- SD 45 West Vancouver – $284,472