School District 47 welcomed news earlier this week regarding additional funds from the province, targeted to help families with rising costs of living due to global inflation.
According to a media release, of the $60 million in the student and family affordability fund, the provincial government has allocated $343,568 to School District 47. The one-time funding can be used for school food programs, as well as a variety of other supplies, to offset costs to parents, guardians and students.
“We are very pleased with the opportunity these funds present to support more families in our district,” stated Dr. Jay Yule, superintendent of schools. “Back-to-school should be a time of excitement and opportunity for our students. Now that we can expand and enhance some of our existing programs, in addition to potentially adding new initiatives, the financial stress alleviation will go that much further for our families and, ultimately, learner success.”
School District 47 is just beginning the stakeholder engagement process around the specific allocation of these funds, the release stated.
“We are committed to engaging the parent advisory councils, Tla’amin Nation and other relevant groups to ensure we meet the needs of our diverse student populations,” stated Yule. “We want to make sure we are supporting the families who need it the most and to do that we need to ensure we have a variety of voices at the table.”
The school district expects to take the time to hear from stakeholders and have a plan in place by the end of September, according to the release.
“If families have an immediate need, they can still contact their school principal now, as we have other resources available, and want to ensure families are supported,” added Yule.