QUESNEL – Cariboo North MLA Coralee Oakes announced today that Parkland Elementary and Kersley Elementary school will receive $248,802 and $282,090 respectively, from the provincial government through the new Rural Education Enhancement Fund to keep their doors open this September.

For months Oakes has been working tirelessly with the Ministry of Education, School District, Regional District Directors, School Board, parents, and Lhtako Dene Nation and ?Esdilagh First Nations to find a way to save Parkland Elementary and Kersley Elementary Schools. With this new funding, both schools will be able to continue to provide an education to students and essential community services.

“Keeping these schools open will help ensure that our region will continue to be an attractive place for people to live, work, play and raise a family.” Says Oakes. “Schools play an important role in diversifying our local economy, and ensuring economic sustainability. I’m delighted to have been able to obtain funding that will ensure the continued operation of Parkland Elementary and Kersley Elementary, so they can benefit our community for years to come.”

On June 15th in Quesnel, Premier Christy Clark announced with MLA Coralee Oakes, the creation of this ongoing fund to keep schools in rural areas of the province in operation. This funding comes as a part of the Rural Education Strategy that will examine rural school district budgets in communities outside the Lower Mainland, Greater Victoria and Kelowna. The strategy aims to find solutions for the unique challenges facing rural school districts, while recognizing the economic impact of rural schools in small communities.