SD52 loses ministry funding, gains water flushing money

$220,000 was lost in ministry funding for SD52, but the district also gained $150,000 from the B.C. government for water issues

The result of an audit by the Ministry of Education on Prince Rupert School District’s (SD52) enrolment numbers for students with special needs, Aboriginal students career education and secondary student and alternate education students, has left SD52 with a loss of approximately $220,000 in ministry funding.

“The district’s practices for Aboriginal education, special education and career education were commended. The district is, as a result of the audit, reviewing its enrolment practices for alternate education and other areas to ensure the ministry requirements are met,” read a press release from SD52.

While ministry funding fell, the Government of B.C. has directed $150,000 to SD52 as part of the B.C. School Enhancement Program, which has contributed $45 million to 80 projects through 124 schools this year.

The money will go toward all district schools to fund the installation of automatic flush valves to address elevated lead levels in drinking water.

An additional $75,000 in district funding will be used for the project.

School districts applied for the funding this past spring, with successfully funded programs chosen because of their level of “need, priority and student learning”. The projects also needed to cost more than $100,000.

B.C. Minister of Education Mike Bernier was pleased to see the boost in infrastructure in the province.

“This fix-it fund will help make sure B.C. students have safe, healthy and modern places to learn. Not only will this help make schools in every district in the province more comfortable for students and staff, it’s also going to make sure we are protecting and enhancing infrastructure worth millions of dollars,” he said.

As well, Camp Jupiter returns for another year thanks to funding confirmed by Pacific NorthWest LNG this summer.

Students with special needs learn communication skills, practice motor activities and develop social interaction skills as well at Camp Jupiter. The camp’s activities focus on a theme related to the upcoming year’s curriculum. The camp is two weeks and is comprised of academic, physical and social activities. Day trips are also included to different locations.


Just Posted

Cook serves up the icing on the cake for Prince Rupert

Triumphant home return for Josh Cook as Rampage roll River Kings on Hometown Hockey weekend

EXCLUSIVE: Slone on Prince Rupert, working with MacLean and women in sports

Tara Slone, host of Rogers Hometown Hockey, sat down with reporter Alex Kurial for an interview

EXCLUSIVE: Kirk McLean on first time in Prince Rupert, changing nature of goaltending and Canucks outlook

Alex Kurial caught up with legendary Vancouver Canucks goaltender at Rogers Hometown Hockey

Adverse weather conditions lead to pair of ferry cancellations

Northern Expedition sailings from Prince Rupert and Skidegate affected

EXCLUSIVE | Ron MacLean on Prince Rupert: “A kaleidoscope for the eyes”

Rogers Hometown Hockey host on Canucks, B.C.’s First Nations story and hockey’s new reflection phase

WEB POLL: Is hockey part of your identity as a Canadian?

Prince Rupert is Hometown Hockey! Is the sport part of your national identity?

The Northern View presents Santa Shops Here in Prince Rupert

More reasons to spend your shopping dollars locally

Tavares scores twice as Maple Leafs earn 4-1 win over Canucks

Vancouver sees two-game win streak snapped

UPDATED: No survivors in Gabriola Island plane crash: RCMP

Coroner confirms multiple fatalities after small plane goes down Tuesday night near Nanaimo

VIDEO: Harbour Air makes history with first electric aircraft test flight

Successful flight marks first of its kind in the world

The Grinch who Stole a Hedge: Security camera captures Chilliwack tree theft

RCMP arrives as person calmly walks away with tree in downtown area

Salmonella outbreak in Canada linked to rodents and snakes

92 cases of salmonella across six provinces, including B.C.

Meng Wanzhou wins right to more documents involving arrest at Vancouver airport

Defence lawyers allege the Huawei executive was unlawfully detained, searched and interrogated

Most Read