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Schools get surplus cash

Schools in the North Okanagan-Shuswap school district will be getting some extra money for a variety programs.

Official trustee Mike McKay gave approval to a spending plan for the approximately $360,000 surplus from the 2016-17 operating budget.

"Every item on this list, and many that did not make the list, are extremely valuable to our kids,” said McKay.

Nicole Bittante, secretary-treasurer, explained the district closed the 2016-17 year with an operating surplus of $1,279,663.

After discussions, the senior leadership team recommended, and McKay passed, that $100,000 of the unrestricted surplus go towards new curriculum facilitation, $7,500 to MyBlueprint - career development program delivery to students, $7,500 to emergency procedures program resource and $15,000 to support Carlin Learning Commons/Hub initiative.

A further $25,000 was earmarked for the numeracy program, $30,000 for the literacy intervention program, $9,000 for classroom action injury projects and $10,000 for a curriculum leader. The motion also sees $60,000 go towards a Pleasant Valley Secondary School initiative to support vulnerable students, $5,000 for outdoor student learning activities, $10,000 for resources to support ISP programs and $20,000 for the report card initiative.

Some $55,000 was put in reserve for education assistants costs and a $10,000 contingency was also established.

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