Regional Schools will Spend More Than $1.1 billion

The waterloo region local school boards are pledging more help for students who have special needs, more air conditioning for overheated kids, new help for kids who skateboard to school, and even flight simulators to study aviation. Public and Catholic schools in Waterloo Region will spend more than $1.1 billion to educate students in the coming school year, according to budgets recently approved by education trustees. TheĀ boards will be hiring 267 more teachers and classrooms assistants as enrolment surges by 2,100 students in September, compared to a year ago. Salaries for teachers and staff will consume most school spending, which has increased at twice the inflation rate (per student) since 2005. A new team at the Waterloo Region District School Board will include a psychologist, speech pathologist, child and youth workers, educational assistants and behavioral analysts. The Catholic board is hiring four coaches to help train teachers in professional development. It’s adding technology by buying more Chromebooks, laptops and projectors. The public board is hiring more social workers to help high school students who have mental health needs, and to help high school students at risk of dropping out. Public schools have seen an extra 1,361 students learning English in the last two years, prompting the board to expand instruction in English as a second language. The public board is spending $337,000 to buy six flight simulators, partnering in an aviation program with the regional airport, the University of Waterloo and Conestoga Collegeā€¦..Ed
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