School Districts in the province could be thrown a financial bone this morning.
Education Minister Mike Bernier is making a presentation Tuesday morning in Surrey, but one that will apparently affect all students in the province.
CKNW has learned the Minister will announce some kind of additional funding for school districts.
It is a carefully coordinated announcement taking place in several parts of the province where there are hot spot education issues.
Bernier will be in Surrey where soaring student enrollment has created a crunch, MLA Linda Larson will be in Osoyoos which could lose its Secondary school, and fellow MLA Dan Ashton in Penticton where schools are also slated to be closed.
How the districts use the money will apparently be a call at the local level.
Osoyoos mayor Sue McKortoff says she will be attending the announcement but cautions people in her community shouldn’t be celebrating as the Secondary school isn’t saved yet.
The reaction on social media has also already started with posts from various educators calling the news spin and that this is not new money but rather a fraction of what has been cut over the years just being given back.
Cash-strapped districts have been either making cuts, laying off teachers, closing schools or sharpening there pencils on plans to do so in another yearly effort to balance the books.
Here in Vancouver, School District 39 is $24-million in the red, with a deadline to table a balanced budget looming June 30th.
Bernier and his fellow MLAs will make the announcement at 9:30 AM.