After announcing school districts are getting back $25-million in administrative savings they first had to find, B.C.’s Education Minister is now taking it a step further.
Mike Bernier says after meeting with Finance Minister Mike de Jong, school districts will have some budget certainty for the coming school year.
“They have already found those savings, but now they can keep that money within their budgets, and hopefully redirect it for students. Instead of us on an annual basis saying continue to cut $25-million for administration we are saying that $25-million can remain in your budgets and we are asking them now to spend that money for students rather than continuing to cut administration.”
Bernier says education stakeholders have constantly told him they want funding stability, and he says this really helps out on that front.
“We want to re-instate a program now with this 25-million-dollars for our share in the school district we want to know if we re-instate that program, or open a school, or keep a bus route going that we are going to have that funding in ongoing years to be able to sustain it and not just a one time bring back a program to not know if they can fund it in future years.”
Over two years the province required schools to find 54-million-dollars in administrative savings.
This week Bernier announced 25-million of those savings were being given back.
When asked if more education announcements are coming, Bernier said to stay tuned for more news on capital projects and other education help.