The Saskatchewan government is helping school divisions with funding to cover high gas prices. The Lloydminster Public School Division will receive $100,400 and the Lloydminster Catholic School Division will receive an allocation of $85,800.
Education officials say a one-time investment of $20 million for the next school year is intended to help with rising fuel and insurance costs. Officials say the funds “will also prevent inflationary costs from diverting resources from classrooms.”
Education Minister Dustin Duncan says, “Now that school board budgets have been submitted, we have weighed the impact of fuel and insurance costs on their operations and are able to provide further assistance. to divisions.
The province also announced a new $7 million fund to allow school divisions to hire up to 200 new teacher assistants for the 2022-23 school year.
Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Carla Beck is urging the government to fill school division gaps and commit to long-term funding.
“School divisions are facing skyrocketing inflationary pressures, and the funding announced today is a drop in the ocean that only covers the shortfalls of six of twenty-seven school divisions,” Beck said. “Since Budget Day, everyone has been telling Scott Moe that his austerity budget wasn’t enough. Why did he wait until school division budgets were finalized to lift a finger to help?
The projected shortfall for these six divisions would amount to $19.9 million. Saskatoon Public ($4.5 million), Saskatoon Catholic ($3 million), Regina Public ($2.5 million), Chinook School Division ($4.2 million), South East Cornerstone ($2.5 million) and Regina Catholic ($3.2 million).