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Minister Eggen says CIF used mainly to hire more teachers

The recent extension of the Classroom Improvement Fund (CIF) by the Government of Alberta will see hundreds of more teachers hired across the province.

Minister of Education David Eggen says the fund was designed to improve classroom conditions when it was first introduced for the 2017-2018 school year.

“This year I thought it went so well that I wanted to carry on and the only change that I made is that putting more money into it $77 million this budget year and number two that it’s directed to hiring teachers and support staff.”

Both school divisions in Lloydminster will be benefiting from the fund. The Lloydminster Catholic School Division is putting its $284,000 of funding towards bettering their technology centre, as well as hiring more support staff.

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Eggen says across the province he has seen a lot of amazing projects being funding through CIF and hopes it continues with each school.

“School’s and school boards they know best about what is most needed on the ground and so they would probably be looking for teachers to help for special needs or students who need extra help and so forth, especially at those younger grades.”

Eggen says he hopes to continue the program for more years to come as long as his government is in power.

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