Recommendations

The Committee recommends to the Legislative Assembly that the provincial government:

Capital Funding

  1. Develop a strategy and proactively fund the construction of new schools at elementary, middle and high school levels to meet demand in geographical areas of current and anticipated population growth, and to address issues such as overcapacity and reliance on portables. [2016: #45]
  2. Increase the annual facility grant for capital maintenance to ensure proper repair, maintenance and upgrades of aging school facilities.
  3. Provide adequate funding for seismic upgrades, accelerate the Seismic Mitigation Program, and allow concurrent non-seismic upgrades to take place where appropriate. [2016: #45]
  4. Provide bridge funding to cover the cost of portables while new schools are being constructed.
  5. Streamline the process by which school districts access capital funding from concept to completion.

Operational Funding

  1. Review the salary compression of exempt staff to ensure that migration into administration positions remains attractive. [2016: #48]
  2. With broad stakeholder input, review the per-pupil funding formula to develop a new needs-based, stable and sustainable model to fund actual costs, resource needs, and professional development requirements of each school district. [2016: #48]
  3. Increase funding to Community LINK and the Vulnerable Student Supplement, and provide a more equitable allocation process of these initiatives among school districts. [2016: #50]
  4. Increase learning resources to school districts so that students have equitable access to books, equipment, technology and other resources necessary to provide a quality learning environment.
  5. Provide funding for new materials, training and supports for the new K-12 curriculum, for LGBTQ inclusive sexual health education, as well as information about mental health and addiction. (Also see recommendation #95 under Indigenous People) [2016: #51]
  6. Fund innovative and creative endeavours within the K-12 system, including the arts, graphic design, music and theatre in order to support the new creative economy.

Partnership and Career Engagement

  1. Create opportunities to link the technology sector with the curriculum or after-school activities in order to encourage children and youth to become engaged and interested in this sector.

Special Needs

  1. Ensure that teachers are well supported to implement inclusion, equity, and quality learning opportunities for all students, including diverse learners, by increasing funding to allow schools to hire more trained educational assistants and specialists.
  2. Provide funding to enable early identi cation of students with special needs, and to provide appropriate support programs, as required. [2016: # 50]