Central Alberta school boards to receive $7 million of restored funding

Central Alberta school boards will receive close to $7 million in flexible funding from the province out of the $107 million promised by Premier Alison Redford.

Central Alberta school boards will receive close to $7 million in flexible funding from the province out of the $107 million promised by Premier Alison Redford.

The new premier pledged to restore the millions cut from education funding from the 2011 provincial budget. Education Minister Thomas Lukaszuk released the breakdown of the funding to the school districts on Friday.

Now school boards must decide how to use the restored funding while making the most direct impact in the classroom. This may include hiring teachers or purchasing equipment. Boards will submit a fall budget update explaining where the funding will be used by at the end of November.

Funding allocation:

• Chinook’s Edge School Division – $1,775,994

• Red Deer Public School District – $1,429,938

• Wolf Creek School Division – $1,102,488

• Wild Rose School Division – $1,010,391

• Red Deer Catholic Regional School Division – $991,990

• Clearview School Division – $509,406

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