VERNON – The provincial government is redirecting $382,586 in administrative savings back to School District 22 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.

“This funding relief will greatly benefit students throughout the district by providing supports for classroom and front-line instruction,” Vernon-Monashee MLA Eric Foster said. “The Vernon School District has worked hard to cut administrative costs and now has more flexibility to invest in areas that it sees as priorities.”

The funding to School District 22 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 22, 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.