PRINCE GEORGE – The provincial government is redirecting $622,655 in administrative savings back to School District 57 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.

“School District 57 has worked very hard to ensure that students receive the very best educational opportunities possible. In our regular meetings with the Board they made it clear that they were facing budget challenges,” Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond said. “I know that the ability to use these funds to support classrooms will be welcome news.”

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.

“Front line services to students can really benefit from this relief – providing supports for classroom and front line instruction,” Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris said.

School districts, including Prince George School District 57, 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.