PG School District to Receive $688K in Provincial Funding
Prince George, B.C. – The Prince George School District has $688,000 reasons to be happy today.
That’s roughly how much the provincial government announced the district will receive in funding under the new provincial Student Transportation Fund.
It’s just a portion of the $14.7 million Victoria is doling out to school districts province-wide. The government says it may be used to:
- Ensure that the district does not have to charge fees for eligible student bus riders.
- Provide more buses for students to use to participate in curricular and extracurricular activities.
- Make safety improvements to school parking lots, reducing traffic congestion.
- Reimburse funding to schools for bus supervisors.
Prince George school board chair Tony Cable is pleased with the news noting it will help provide the district some much needed budget relief.
“When we went through our budget process last year, things were tight, we were concerned about whether we could balance the budget,” he says.
“And one of the proposals was to add a user fee for students to use the bus. And we considered that and this will be helpful so that we don’t have to charge for bussing in the district.”
Vice-chair Tim Bennett says the money will be used in other ways too.
“It will also help us to be able to ensure that we are running effective and efficient routes here within the district.”
The Student Transportation Fund was announced last summer, and required districts to submit a plan to the ministry by September 30, 2016, outlining how they would use the funding to enhance transportation services for students and families.
The amount of funding a district was eligible for was based on a formula tied to the ministry’s student-location-factor, which is used to determine the rural makeup of a school district.
The ministry says the funding was only made available due to the province’s strong economic growth and fiscal discipline.