Ministry rejects school district's funding request

B.C. Education Minister has turned down the School District 57's request for $22,000 to cover the annual costs related to the creation of the new ward system.

Instead, it will have to find the money from within its existing budget, Rob Fleming said in a letter, noting the school district receives $10.5 million from the provincial government for unique geographic factors.

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Mackenzie and communities in the Robson Valley are now guaranteed a representative on the school board under the new system, which consists of three Trustee Electoral Areas.

Last month Bob Thompson was elected trustee for the Robson Valley TEA and ,Shuirose Valimohamed was elected by acclamationto represent the Mackenzie TEA.

The five Prince George TEA trustees are Tim Bennett, Sharel Warrington, Betty Bekkering, Trent Derrick and Ron Polillo.

The six schools in the Robson Valley and Mackenzie trustee electoral areas generate about $3.4 million of the total the school district receives for geographic factors, Fleming also noted.

In all, the school district received $130.4 million in operating grants for the 2018-19 school year.

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