RICHMOND – The provincial government is redirecting $871,987 in administrative savings back to School District 38 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.

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.

“The Richmond School District can decide the best way to utilize this funding, which meets the needs of students in Richmond,” says Teresa Wat, MLA for Richmond-Centre. “Whether it is hiring teachers or teaching assistants, or implementing a new school program, this funding for sure benefits students and enhances their learning environment.”

“Front line services to students are crucial to their education. I am glad our government recognizes the needs of students and the school districts including Richmond,” says John Yap, MLA for Richmond-Steveston. “We will continue to maintain ongoing communications and cooperation with the Richmond School District to provide the best learning opportunities and environment for students.”

School districts, including Richmond School District 38, 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.