May 28, 2018, (Canada) Courtenay, BC, My Grande Prairie Now: More teachers and mental health support for local students https://www.mygrandeprairienow.com/39839/more-teachers-and-mental-health-support-for-local-students/ The continuation of the Classroom Improvement Fund into the new school year will benefit students locally. The province announced last week that they will continue the program through the 2018-19 school year. $77 million has been committed across the province. Nearly $2.5 million of that will go to the three school divisions in the Grande Prairie area…. There has also been a mental health focus for the funding. Rowe says it’s something that has been on the radar of educators and the government alike…. Grande Prairie Catholic Schools will receive $649,300. Superintendent Karl Germann also says this second year of funding will maintain both teaching and mental health support positions that were put in place last year. … “Depending on what each school chooses to do, I expect we will be hiring a mix of teachers, educational assistants and possibly other professional staff.” The program was included in budgets across the province for the 2017-18 school year as part of an agreement between the union and the Alberta Teacher’s Association (ATA). Another $2 million was added this year.