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Kamloops school district expecting more than $7 million to create smaller class sizes

March 29, 2017 - 9:00 PM

KAMLOOPS - Millions of dollars are coming to Kamloops to help cover the costs of new teachers.

In response to the court ruling on smaller class sizes, the provincial government is distributing $360 million to school districts to cover the costs associated with new teachers. The Kamloops-Thompson School District will be seeing around $7.5 million of that, treasurer Kelvin Stretch says.

The exact amount is yet to be determined as district administration creates a budget including the new money.

The District has received approval for other funding recently, with $1.2 million going towards trades equipment and $2.6 million for maintenance and upgrades including five new school busses. 

Stretch says funding announcements from the province are normal around this time of the year as districts work on budgets for next year, though each year different projects or programs are approved.

Funding for new schools in the district have not materialized. The district has been lobbying the government for new money for a new elementary in the PIneview neighbourhood and replacement high school as South Kamloops Secondary ages. Stretch says a senior member of the Ministry of Education recently visited the school and noted that while it’s old, it’s in good condition and other school districts are a higher priority.

“She toured a number of our facilities,” he says. “She said South Kamloops Secondary is in too good shape to tear down and repair; we’ll have that for a little while.”

The school district budget for next year is expected in April.

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