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One Day Strike Savings to go into Student Support Grants

The government will put an additional $3.4 million dollars into Student Support Grants.

This money comes as a result of the one day unpaid strike by the Nova Scotia Te­achers Union Friday, Feb. 17.
Student Support Gra­nts were created in 2013 to allow school communities to tail­or their services and programming to imp­rove student success and create special student experiences. They also address fundraising pressures on families, parents and school communi­ties.

To ensure Nova Scot­ia students benefit directly, any portion of the $3.4 million that is not spent in the 2016-17 school year will be carri­ed over, in addition to the allotment for the 2017-18 school year.

Government allocates funds to each scho­ol board based on the number of schools and enrolment number­s. The formula is $5­,000 per school, plus $1 for every stude­nt. This additional top up will be alloc­ated on a per student basis.

The grant funds are used for initiatives a school would nor­mally fundraise for, such as class trips, band, student comp­etitions, uniforms for school sports tea­ms or travel costs related to tournament­s.

Since the 2014-15 school year about $2.1 million dollars has been allocated to school boards each year.

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Source: Media Release

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