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1 2005EDU Aug. 29, 2005 BACKGROUNDER Ministry of Education SUMMARY OF HOW DISTRICTS ARE USING $150M INCREASE Following is the estimated allocation of the $150 million in additional funds to enhance classroom. Teachers Budgeted Employee FTEs Principals Educationa Support / l Assistants Staff Vice- Principals 2, , , , , , Other Professional s Total Student FTEs (includes adults) 567, /0 31, , , /0 30, , , , Change , , % 1.4% 7.2% 3.4% 3.9% 3.1% -1.2% Following is a sample of how school districts are spending their portion of the $150 million. School District SD 5 (Southeast Kootenay) SD 6 (Rocky Mountain) SD 8 (Kootenay Lake) SD 10 (Arrow Lakes) SD19 (Revelstoke) Share of $150M How Districts Used the Funding $1,516,422 Adding clerical support staff. Start elementary band programs in Sparwood and Elkford Improve early literacy in the Elk Valley $937, 055 Maintain or increase staffing in school libraries, music and arts programs, and in services to support with special $1,474,732 Support in small rural schools requiring additional help for behavioural issues Provide continuing support for full inclusion of with significant disabilities district wide Add district specialist services in the areas of speech, language and occupational therapy $172,178 Band teacher Additional support to teachers of special $343,833 Address further math resources at Grade 6 and science resources at elementary Student Enrolment Change

2 SD20 (Kootenay- Columbia) Provide additional staff for secondary behaviour support and elementary educational assistants for low incidence Maintain learning assistance and resource teacher allocations despite reduced enrolment $1,211,559 Library assistant staffing Maintain staffing levels Teacher librarian staffing SD22 (Vernon) $2,428,516 Augment staff time in elementary schools (fine arts) and allow some lower enrolling elective courses at secondary level Support special Increase levels of adult support in the form of professional teacher time and paraprofessional aid time SD23 (Central Okanagan) SD27 (Cariboo- Chilcotin) $5,674,824 Special education improvements Library staff improvements Teacher on call and class size improvements $1,661,804 Maintain services for counselling, learning and teacher assistants, library, music band, and learning resources Assist the district in meeting its literacy goals SD28 (Quesnel) $1,066,312 Increase school library teacher time Added a district psychometrician Added an itinerant behaviour support teacher SD33 (Chilliwack) SD34 (Abbotsford) $3,314,080 Increase elementary special education teacher time Increase psychologist time to assess and assist Support to teachers through instruction, student assessment and transition plans for chronically low achieving $5,095,398 Increase services to, including kindergarten classes, school libraries and special services Increase centralized support to special Improve the technology program SD35 (Langley) $5,041,329 Additional resources and services for with special Enhanced and new programming for at-risk children Enhance service levels for library and music SD36 (Surrey) $16,636,972 Improve learning and library resources Add teacher librarians Appropriate support services for the integration of with special SD37 (Delta) $4,399,373 Add new learning and library resources Add resources for special Add French Immersion program SD38 (Richmond) $5,956,315 Additional support for school libraries and learning resources, music and arts programs and with special Provide educational assistants with an additional hour bi-weekly to plan cooperatively with other staff for the of SD39 $14,795,000 Add libraries and learning resource positions No change

3 - 3 - (Vancouver) Add non-enrolling teaching positions to increase teacher-librarian, special education, area counsellors and additional support as determined by individual schools The additional funding allows 50 schools to access the district itinerant band/strings program SD40 (New Westminster) $1,686,630 Add teacher librarians Add teachers to reduce class size Add resource teachers to support classroom teachers SD41 (Burnaby) $6,267,969 Additional teacher librarians (elementary and secondary) Improve services to support with special Additional resource, special education and advanced learning teachers SD42 (Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows) $3,896,318 School libraries will remain open for the entire school day Libraries staffed with teacher-librarians, and each high school has a full-time librarian Support who cannot afford to rent instruments SD43 (Coquitlam) $8,139,158 Add special education teachers at secondary schools Expand early literacy project for children at risk Hire teachers to support the new requirements of the graduation program Create a full-time library coordinator position SD44 (North Vancouver) SD45 (West Vancouver) SD46 (Sunshine Coast) SD47 (Powell River) SD48 (Howe Sound) $4,554,904 Increase staff support for numeracy, literacy, physical education, healthy living, and with special Increase special education supply and consultation budgets Increase secondary teacher librarian levels Increase support for First Nations Reducing the class size average for grades 4 12 $1,605,796 Implement new automated library system for all schools Maintain high ratio of special assistants Maintain faster response times for student assessments $1,032,956 Increase teaching time Add special education coordinator, teachers, support staff $670,228 Increase library services Continue music and arts programs despite declining enrolment Increase resources allocated to special education $1,118,665 Reduce class sizes Increase itinerant staff in speech language and elementary counselling Provide release time to teachers with training and experience in specialized areas such as music, fitness and health, literacy, gifted/enrichment, social responsibility, early school success and vulnerable children to allow them to assist schools in program

4 - 4 - development and staff development SD49 (Central $80,151 Add Nuxalk carving and jewellery instructor Coast) Increase district library and resource teacher time Increase special support SD50 (Haida $206,993 Increase special education staff, supplies, assessment Gwaii/Q. consultant and student transportation assistance Charlotte) Outside education program to benefit at-risk Enhance arts and science programs SD51 (Boundary) $475,574 Extend alternate education school in the west end of the district to deal with high-risk teenagers living in rural communities Ensure all schools have libraries open Reduce class size SD52 (Prince $705,771 The district is able to maintain most of the existing Rupert) services SD53 (Okanagan Similkameen) SD54 (Bulkley Valley) SD57 (Prince George) SD58 (Nicola- Similkameen) SD59 (Peace River South) SD60 (Peace River North) SD61 (Greater Victoria) $740,002 Increase teacher and teacher assistant support in ESL programs and special education including: moderate behaviour, severe behaviour and the gifted program Extend support for elementary literacy support programs Increase teacher/teaching assistant time for school libraries $675,038 Increase special education programs, including school-based funds for learner support Increase library teacher time and support staff to ensure libraries are open for Additional elementary music blocks will continue $4,112,580 Reduce intermediate class size from 29 to 27 Reduce primary class size in three inner-city elementary schools Improve service to support with special Improve services in school libraries and music programs $757,269 Curriculum implementation and textbooks for new curriculum Add staff for the district s middle school and maintain small class sizes at a primary school to address composition issues Increase funding for student supplies and materials $1,216,305 Increase resources for library services Increase budget for art, music and drama programs Add support for special $1,527,382 Significant increases in student support services in the areas of adjudication assessments, reading recovery, counseling and speech language pathology Increase support for literacy coaching $5,269,869 Improve services to support with special School library staffing with specific emphasis on elementary school teacher-librarians SD62 (Sooke) $2,307,213 Reinstate library assistant time Add counseling time

5 - 5 - Support for youth and family counselors SD63 (Saanich) $2,262,306 Elementary library support Literacy and numeracy middle target reading teacher, and secondary literacy teacher Early literacy support SD64 (Gulf $415,190 Maintain current levels of staffing Islands) SD67 (Okanagan Skaha) SD68 (Nanaimo- Ladysmith) New staffing positions for school libraries $1,886,682 Increase staffing for elementary library Improve services to support with special Increase staffing for early literacy intervention $4,037,789 Reduce the number of secondary classes with student populations greater than 32 Increase number of learning assistance teachers and zone counselors and the establishment of the student assessment & intervention centre Increase time allocated to a safe schools coordinator position SD69 (Qualicum) $1,355,363 Improve special education teacher staffing Maintain teacher staffing for learning assistance despite declining enrolment Maintain teacher staffing for library services despite declining enrolment SD70 (Alberni) $1,215,478 Increase special education resource teachers Behaviour response team Reduce middle school class size and the number of special education per class. SD71 (Comox Valley) SD72 (Campbell River) SD73 (Kamloops/Thom pson) $2,466,495 Add teaching staff Add support staff Add library resources $1,629,829 Implement pre-apprenticeship and trades preparation courses Teacher librarian and music preparation support Improve school playfields $4,022,983 Add special education teachers Add school support workers Add teacher library positions SD74 (Gold Trail) $500,252 Increase teacher allocation to elementary school libraries and allocate funding to guided reading, elementary literacy centres, and textbook purchases Increase teacher resource time and/or special teaching assistant time SD75 (Mission) $1,837,407 Literacy support teacher Numeracy support teacher Increase library support SD78 (Fraser- Cascade) SD79 (Cowichan Valley) $598,693 Continue to provide elementary and secondary band or art and music programs throughout the district Further support special education program development and implementation $2,496,481 Restore services to support with special and at risk Funding for library services

6 SD81 (Fort Nelson) SD82 (Coast Mountain) SD83 (North Okanagan- Shuswap) SD84 (Vancouver Island West) SD85 (Vancouver Island North) Enhance service delivery to with special $294,100 Each of the district s, four in-town schools has an allocation for a part-time teacher-librarian as well as a part-time library technician Schools in Fort Nelson district will continue to enjoy a wide variety of experiences in both their music and arts programs, due to the additional investment dollars $1,547,861 Increase special education funding Add library resources Assist the district in meeting its literacy and numeracy goals $2,006,901 Clerical support for libraries Additional support for high-incidence special $127,248 Support services for with special Increase library services $500,641 Increase library supplies and special education supplies Budget increase for the Arts in BC Schools program Add a pediatric occupational therapist SD87 (Stikine) $75,425 Library program in Dease Lake school Music program in Atlin school Support services for with special SD91 (Nechako Lakes) $1,387,820 Increase special education programs Add teacher time for the new grad portfolio program Add teacher time for literacy teachers at secondary schools SD92 (Nisga a) $130,465 Support classroom libraries Each school to support a traditional Nisga a singing and drumming group Additional special teaching position SD93 (Conseil Scolaire Francophone) $918,097 Increase teachers to reduce the number of split classes in Grade 3 and 4 Increase teaching assistants for special Increase special education resources No change Media contact: Public Affairs Bureau Ministry of Education Visit the Province's website at for online information and services.

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