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Alberta government distributing federal back-to-school education funding

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We now know how the federal government’s more than 260 million dollars in back-to-school funding will be spent here in Alberta.

Last week, Ottawa said it would be giving provinces money to help out as kids go back to class.

Education Minister, Adriana LaGrange announced Wednesday (Sept. 2) the majority of this funding, $250 million, will be distributed to school authorities based on a per-student model, and it must be used to support additional COVID-19 related costs in a number of areas.

  • Staffing
  • Adapting learning spaces and personal protective equipment
  • Cleaning and safety considerations for schools and buses
  • Supports for special needs students
  • Online learning and teacher training

LaGrange says the rest of the funding, $12 million, will go to school divisions seeing a large influx in student enrolment do to increased demand for their online and/or distance learning programs.

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The federal funding will immediately flow to school authorities once it is received from the federal government.

Local school district allocations for the federal funding (appox. amounts):

  • Lethbridge School Division: $4.1 million
  • Holy Spirit School Division: $1.8 million
  • Horizon School Division:  $1.2 million
  • Livingstone Range School Division: $1.2 million
  • Westwind School Division: $1.5 million
  • Palliser Regional School Division: $3.1 million

Premier Jason Kenney said earlier this week the federal money would not be used for reducing class sizes, saying that wouldn’t be realistic. He says cutting class sizes in half would cost $4 billion.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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