More money to implement new curriculum, possible grants for trades

The Campbell River School District has received some surprise funding and has applied for even more.

The Campbell River School District has received some surprise funding and has applied for even more.

“We were surprised to hear – in late September – that the Ministry is providing us with some much needed dollars in one area,” district assistant superintendent Nevenka Fair told the Board of Education at its public meeting this week.

That “one area” is curriculum implementation.

The $113,000 the district will be receiving, Fair says, also includes what she calls “coding support,” which was a concern raised by trustees at an earlier meeting this year when it was announced coding would be added to the curriculum.

The district, Fair says, has also recently applied for two grants to help students in our area who are going into the trades.

The first of these is a fairly minor grant – up to $5,000, Fair says – that will help students who are already working in the trades who “might need a bit of extra money for work boots or transportation to get to sites.”

The second of these applications – if successful – would be more significant for the district in terms of the overall dollar figure they are hoping to receive.

“It could be anything between $13,000 and $25,000,” Fair told the board Tuesday.

Fair says that money will be used for “expanding the opportunities for our students to work in the trades. It’s about really connecting our students with more opportunities within the community and finding out what’s out there. It’s about partnering with the community to support our students and offer more experiences, and we’re focusing this one on our Aboriginal students.

“We’re really crossing our fingers for that (grant).”