School District 73 has approximately 171 more students to start the 2018-2019 school year than it did last September.
Enrolment continues to grow incrementally, with SD73’s population increasing by about 500 students since 2013.
The number of elementary school students increased across the district by about 252, although there are 52 fewer kindergarten students. There are also 28 fewer high school students — grades 8 through 12 — than last year.
“What that tells us is we are seeing families move into Kamloops and that seems to be where the growth is,” SD73 superintendent Alison Sidow told KTW.
“And I think that’s a good sign in terms of a growing economy and a growing population.”
She said most of the new students have come from Alberta, the Lower Mainland and other parts of B.C.
Sidow said the majority of the increase is on the south shore of Kamloops, in areas such as Sahali, Valleyview and Pineview.
In total, there are 14,405 full-time students in the school district, up from 14,234 in 2017-2018.
There are 5,516 high school students, 7,842 students in elementary schools (grades 1 to 7) and 1,046 kids in kindergarten.
The school district will receive more funding from the Ministry of Education to compensate for the additional students, as the district is given $7,423 for each full-time learner.
SD73 also receives supplemental funding for students in various categories, such as as students with special needs, distance learners and Aboriginal students.
All told, Stretch said the district is looking at an additional $2.5 million in funding and “a very similar number on the expenses side in order to deliver the services for those additional 171 students.”
On Dec. 15, the district will receive its final funding allotment for its enrolment this school year.