KAMLOOPS – The provincial government is redirecting $673,698 in administrative savings back to School District 73 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 – such as ongoing classroom programs, hiring new teachers, or for busing.

“We’ve made a commitment to make sure that services for students receive the maximum amount of B.C.’s education funding,” Kamloops-South Thompson MLA Todd Stone said. “School District 73 has worked hard to reduce administrative costs and now we can return these savings into services for students.”

“This funding relief will greatly benefit students by providing supports for classrooms and front-line instruction,” Kamloops-North Thompson MLA Terry Lake said. “The Kamloops-Thompson School District now has more flexibility to invest in areas that it sees as priorities.”

The funding to School District 73 is part of a $25-million provincewide initiative that sees all districts receiving funds from administrative savings.

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 SD 73, have been informed that they will not have to pay their share of $25 million worth of provincial charges this year, and instead can redirect that money into frontline services for students.