Education Ministry Announces Savings ‘Rebate’ For Districts

Mike Bernier has been re-elected in Peace River South/Photo: B.C. Government

SURREY, B.C. – The BC Government announced this morning that it is redirecting $25 million in administrative savings from school districts back into frontline services for students.

At an announcement in Surrey, Education Minister Mike Bernier said: “Our government is committed to ensuring that maximum education dollars go into services for students. Districts worked hard to reduce their administrative costs and we are pleased to be able to direct that $25 million back to programs and initiatives that will directly benefit the kids of B.C.”

School Districts 59 and 60 together will be getting redirected funds totalling just over half a million dollars. The Peace River North school district will get $307,317 in administrative fees to the government returned, while SD 59’s rebate totals $205,328. Bernier said districts can use the funding any way they see fit – from hiring new teachers, to programs, or maintaining schools.