KELOWNA- The provincial government is redirecting nearly $968,000 in administrative savings to School District 23 to help it deal with local cost pressures and provide front line services for students.

The school district can use this funding as it sees fit – for purposes such as ongoing classroom programs, hiring new teachers, or busing.

“We’re committed to ensuring that services for students receive the maximum amount of B.C.’s education funding,” says Premier Christy Clark, MLA for Westside-Kelowna. “Today’s announcement allows this funding to be directed towards areas that directly meet the needs of local students.”

“The district will have the ability to invest in the classroom priorities of its choosing,” says Steve Thomson, MLA for Kelowna-Mission. “Students will benefit from the resources supported by these funds.”

“Districts like ours have worked hard to reduce their administrative costs,” says Norm Letnick, MLA for Kelowna-Lake Country. “Now, nearly $968,000 in savings is going back to School District 23 to put towards front line services for students.”

Districts made real efforts to reduce spending on their administration costs – and those efforts have made it possible to help flow those resources into classrooms and services for students. The amount of money being left with districts is equal to the Year 2 of administrative savings districts were asked to find.

School districts, including School District 23, have been informed that they will not have to pay their share of $25 million worth of provincial charges this year and can instead redirect that money into front line services for students.