Kamloops This Week
School District 73 will receive about $705,000 of the new $27.4-million Student Learning Grant announced by the provincial government.
SD73 secretary-treasurer Kelvin Stretch said an exact amount is unknown, but based on the memo sent from the Ministry of Education, which said districts will receive $50 for each full-time equivalent student, it should be at least that amount.
A special-purpose fund, the money can only be used for instructional supplies, which can include items like electronic learning resources, textbooks, athletic equipment, learning resources and other classroom supplies.
The money is to be prioritized to buy items that will help defray costs passed on to parents. Districts must report on how the money is used to their district parent-advisory councils by July 31, with a copy of the report to the education ministry.
Although it is a one-time grant, money not spent can be carried over to the next school year. A similar $2-million fund has been established for independent schools.