Education Minister Mike Bernier announces replacement of century-old Lord Nelson elementary in Vancouver

Equipment fund latest top-up for schools

Latest one-time fund is $29.4 million "student learning grant" for textbooks, equipment and supplies

On the eve of its pre-election budget, the B.C. government has added to its year-long series of public school funding top-ups with $29.4 million for textbooks, equipment and supplies.

The one-time “student learning grant” will soon be distributed to B.C.’s 60 public school districts and independent schools, which will find out by the end of February how much they will receive, Education Minister Mike Bernier announced on Sunday.

“The $29.4 million will flow in the coming weeks and I expect all school districts to begin talking to parents and teachers,” Bernier said. “They should have two goals in mind: how to ease back-to-school supply costs for parents and how to bring B.C.’s new curriculum to life in the classroom.”

As students prepared to return to school last fall, Bernier announced a $20 million “school enhancement” fund that covered upgrades such as flooring, plumbing, heating, roof replacement, windows, lighting and electrical upgrades.

That fund was announced for projects that were not covered by the $45 million “fix it fund” that took applications in May. The “enhancement fund” required projects to be complete by the end of March 2017.

Since last June, Bernier and Premier Christy Clark also announced a transportation fund to keep districts from charging for bus service, a fund to keep designated rural schools open and the return of $25 million in “administrative savings” that the education ministry required for the last two years.

These one-time-funds are in addition to the province’s annual ministry budget, which includes $1.7 billion over three years for new schools and major projects such as seismic upgrades.

 

Just Posted

The end of an Echo

Invermere Valley Echo shuts down operations in Columbia Valley

Creating a new narrative for Canal Flats

Economic development consultant hired, lists vision for next 90 days

UPDATE: Crews battle as wildfires rage in B.C. Interior

Crews brace for another day on B.C. firelines as no let up is likely

VIDEO: B.C. wildfires by the numbers

Wildfires continue to engulf regions of B.C.’s forests and communities.

VIDEO: More than 180 wildfires burning across B.C.

Firefighters from other provinces called in to assist

DTSS Grad March 2017

DTSS Grad March 2017

59 cats seized in Chase

59 neglected and injured cats were seized from a property in Chase

Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell dead at age 52

The singer/songwriter passed away early Thursday morning in Detroit

Paying tribute to a primeval passage

Uninterrupted celebrates the Adams River sockeye run in an extraordinary way.

UPDATE: Pemberton Music Festival cancelled, no automatic refunds

In the past, the music festival located in Pemberton drew large crowds last year of 180,000 fans

Medical wait times cost B.C. patients $2,300 each

New Fraser Institute report places B.C. at second worst in costs associated with long wait times

UPDATE: 22 killed at Ariana Grande concert

Witnesses reported hearing two loud bangs coming from near the arena’s bars at about 10:35 p.m.

One in three Canadian high school students have rode with drinking drivers, study reveals

Nearly one in five rode with a driver who’d been smoking pot

Top court to hear federal government’s appeal on residential school records

A lower court judge ruled to destroy the stories after 15 years unless consent is given to preserve

Most Read