(Canada) BC: Mental health: "something that has been on the radar of educators, government alike"

May 28, 2018, (Canada) Courtenay, BC, My Grande Prairie Now: 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.