Each and every one of British Columbia’s 5,676 new students will be funded, thanks to an extra $46.7 million that will flow to school districts with increased enrolments this school year, Education Minister Mike Bernier announced today.
Forty-two of B.C.’s 60 school districts had enrolment increases this school year, while 18 saw declines. The School District 62 (Sooke) saw enrolment increase from 9,515 in 2015 to 10,087 in 2016, an overall increase of 572 students.
The districts with the highest growth in numbers of students were:
- Surrey (+993)
- Langley (+697)
- Abbotsford (+484)
- Sooke (+572)
- Comox (+427)
The funding boost maintains the provincial commitment to keep the average per-pupil rate the same as it was at the start of the school year, which helps districts with their financial planning.
The ministry is also providing funding protection to 17 districts with enrolment declines to help mitigate the impact of those changes.
School districts were informed of the funding in the updated Operating Grant Manuals released to them this week and published on the ministry’s website.
To read the full government release, click here.