School staffing bolstered with $1 million from province

Staffing at local schools will be bolstered with $1 million in top-up funding from the B.C. government.

Staffing at local schools will be bolstered with $1 million in top-up funding from the B.C. government.

That will cover the cost of 9.3 full-time equivalent teachers plus five education assistants’ positions in the Okanagan Skaha School District.

Superintendent Wendy Hyer said the district is sharing this year in $94 million the province committed to its Learning Improvement Fund — aimed at addressing classroom size and composition issues — up from $75 million last year. That overall increase was necessary, she said, as a result of new contracts with teachers and support staff that require certain portions of the fund be used to hire from their respective unions.

“The dollars are targeted, and there are a bit more dollars because of the negotiations, but it’s not a significant a mount,” she said.

School administrators annually make their case for extra staff to Hyer, who then makes decisions in consultation with union leaders, although the process was thrown off track this year due to the teachers’ strike.

Uplands Elementary will receive the most additional help with one FTE teacher, while Parkway is next on the list with a 0.9 FTE position.

“For the most part, I would say every school received the teaching staff they requested,” said Hyer, who noted the two elementaries at the top of the list have a “handful” of students with “exceptional needs” in all of their kindergarten classes.

The total budget available for those teachers is $846,000.

An education assistant will also be provided for the full five-hour school day at each of Parkway, Uplands and West Bench elementaries and Summerland Middle School, plus another facility that’s yet to be determined.

The total budget available for those education assistants is $211,000.

 

Just Posted

Gas thieves using spigots to help themselves again and again

Gas thieves drilling holes in vehicle tanks and inserting spigots or screws

Vee’s captain leads Penticton to 4-1 home-ice win over Merritt

Owen Sillinger leads Vees to victory over visiting Centennials

Okanagan a hot spot for film industry

Despite wet, smoky year Okanagan attracts $30 million in film production

B.C.’s biggest pot plant planned for Oliver

Co-founder Tony Holler said the 700,000 sq. ft. facility would produce 100,000 kg of pot per year

Albas takes on mortgage changes in town hall

Conservative MP mostly echoed chamber of commerce concerns but sparred with one attendee on details

What’s happening

Find out about events happening in your community this weekend

Women’s movement has come a long way since march on Washington: Activists

Vancouver one of several cities hosting event on anniversary of historic Women’s March on Washington

Liberals’ 2-year infrastructure plan set to take 5: documents

Government says 793 projects totalling $1.8 billion in federal funds have been granted extensions

Workers shouldn’t be used as ‘pawns’ in minimum wage fight: Wynne

Comments from Kathleen Wynne after demonstrators rallied outside Tim Hortons locations across Canada

John ‘Chick’ Webster, believed to be oldest living former NHL player, dies

Webster died Thursday at his home in Mattawa, Ont., where he had resided since 1969

World’s fastest log car made in B.C. sells for $350,000 US

Cedar Rocket auctioned off three times at Barrett-Jackson Co., netting $350,000 US for veterans

Bad timing: Shutdown spoils Trump’s one-year festivities

Trump spends day trying to hash out a deal with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer

RCMP nail alleged sex toy thief

Shop owner plays a role in arrest

Loaded shotgun found in vehicle during Okanagan Falls traffic stop

Okanagan Falls man facing a number of weapons related charges

Most Read