School district passes $182M budget

The Kamloops-Thompson school board budget passed Monday includes money to address the district’s aging facilities, mental health and math.

Highlighting the budget are two new full-time positions to deal with aging infrastructure — a capital projects manager and an assistant operations manager.

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For 2019-2020, School District 73 will hire another full-time school and family consultant, and a part-time healthy relationships co-ordinator.

The district is also increasing funding for professional development in numeracy for teachers and will have a resource teacher previously focused on literacy reallocated to focus on math.

“Numeracy is again an area where we have demonstrated concern over the last several years,” superintendent Alison Sidow told the board.

Math skills in the district haven’t had the same level of progress as reading and writing, Sidow said.

SD73 is adding new maintenance positions — an assistant manager of operations to provide support to the evening shift custodians and a capital projects manager to plan and implement the growing number of district capital projects.

“We know we have many facility pressures as a result of class size and composition and because our facilities are aging,” Sidow said.

She said in past years when the resources haven’t been there as they are now this is an area the district has had to “claw back in” to support education.

In Monday’s budget, three Aboriginal education teachers will now be funded from the district’s operating budget, freeing up more dollars the district can spend on Aboriginal education initiatives.

The district is also filling a number of teacher, administration and custodial positions that will be needed at Westsyde elementary as the school re-opens in September 2019 in this budget.

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