JOHN BLAIN

School district earmarks money for supplies

The B.C. Ministry of Education announced in May it will send $25 million in administrative savings back

  • Oct. 18, 2016 5:00 a.m.

Tamara CunninghamBlack Press

Nanaimo school district will funnel nearly $600,000 into supplies and support for schools, including more education assistants, with money returned from the B.C. government.

The B.C. Ministry of Education announced in May it will send $25 million in administrative savings back to school districts to use any way they see fit. Education Minister Mike Bernier said from busing, new teachers, new schools programs, “even keeping a school open,” it will allow school districts to make those decisions.

Nanaimo school district gets $593,079, and last week, district superintendent John Blain reported to the board of education’s business committee on how the money would be distributed. Approximately half, or $297,697, will be for additional education assistants and classroom support, while $60,000 will go into an account to pay for incidentals schools normally pay for themselves, such as moving white boards. Another $235,400 will go directly to schools to “further support curriculum, assessment and reporting.”

Blain said this is the first time the district has had money like this to release out to classrooms in an increase. It’s also seen increased funding in its budget, with student enrolment numbers higher than forecasted.

“This is different for us to be in this position, which is where we wanted to be two years ago when we started the whole process about becoming sustainable,” he said, adding that the base budget can now handle emergent issues which frees up money like this for supportive areas the district feels needs help. “We’re in a shape where it’s exciting for us to be able to shift monies straight into the classroom at this time of year, because we so strongly believe that we want to do everything we can to enhance learning in classrooms.”

The distribution will see the largest share go to education assistants and classroom support. Blain said the district knows, through discussions with the teachers’ union, support staff and classroom teachers, it would be more helpful for additional EA support for “grey-area students,” those who don’t meet ministry guidelines for extra support but struggle and would benefit from it.

A large portion will also go to schools to support curriculum, assessment and reporting. Blain said there’s a new curriculum and no money from the ministry to support it in lesson aids. More than $200,000 will be sent to schools in a supply account and principals and staff will decide how to spend it.

“We’ve increased that account for the next year, so that they have extra money to spend in the classroom, aids and textbooks and initiatives, whatever they want,” Blain said.

 

 

Just Posted

Plantitude giving Ladysmith vegans equal footing

New downtown restaurant believed to be downtown’s first featuring all vegan options

Volunteers take down after another successful Ladysmith Festival of Lights

Good crowd comes out for a sunny Sunday volunteer session of taking down decorations

Blood moon over Ladysmith

Gerry Beltgens shook off cold fingers this weekend to capture this image… Continue reading

Reflections of Ladysmith: The Art of Michael Dean

Work, place and people are inseparable for Vancouver Island painter

Ladysmith business recognized for supporting diversity in the workplace

Ladysmith Home Hardware, Ladysmith Pharmasave, LRCA, and Maya Norte saluted

UPDATE: B.C. legislature managers accused of excessive travel, personal expense claims

Clerk Craig James, security chief Gary Lenz call allegations ‘completely false’

B.C. man fined $10,000 after leaving moose to suffer before death

Surrey man was convicted last week on three Wildlife Act charges

‘Blue Monday’ isn’t real, but depression can be

CMHA encourages people to prioritize their mental health

Parole granted for drunk driver who killed B.C. RCMP officer

Kenneth Jacob Fenton will be able to attend alcohol abuse treatment, nearly three years after crash that killed Const. Sarah Beckett

Anti-pipeline group wants NEB to consider impact of emissions, climate change

Stand.earth filed NEB motion asking to apply same standard to the project as it did with Energy East pipeline

B.C. man charged in 2014 snake venom death of toddler

Henry Thomas was taking care of the North Vancouver girl the day before she died

B.C.’s largest public-sector union wants inquiry into money laundering, drugs

Union officials say Premier John Horgan and Attorney General David Eby have not ruled out the possibility of a public inquiry

Teen in confrontation with Native American: I didn’t provoke

Nick Sandmann of Covington Catholic High School said he was trying to defuse the situation

Vancouver Island senior dies after medical emergency and rollover crash

Incident happened Saturday in Nanaimo on Poplar Street

Most Read