Manitoba spends $12.4M to reduce class sizes

The Manitoba government is adding 21 new classrooms in eight schools across the province as part of its effort to shrink class sizes from Kindergarten to Grade 3.
In 2011, the province announced it would provide new supports to enable school divisions to cap kindergarten to Grade 3 classrooms at 20 students by September 2017. (CBC)

The Manitoba government is adding 21 new classrooms in eight schools across the province as part of its effort to shrink class sizes from Kindergarten to Grade 3.

The cost to renovate or build the new classrooms will cost $12.4 million, Education Minister James Allum announced Wednesday.

"Students learn in different ways and, with smaller classes, teachers can reach each student individually," said Allum.

"Small classes create a climate for learning and surround students with attention and encouragement."

In 2011, the province announced school divisions would need to cap K-Grade 3 class sizes at 20 by September 2017.

Since then, 213 more teachers have been hired across the province and there are now 437 K-Grade 3 classes with 20 or fewer students.

Funding for more classes

DivisionSchoolSpace
River East TransconaHarold HatcherRenovations to 2 Kindergarten rooms and a Grade 5 room will provide 2 additional K-Grade 3 classrooms
River East TransconaÉcole Centrale

Three-classroom addition

St. James-AssiniboiaAssiniboine

Kindergarten renovation including new washroom

St. James-Assiniboia
 

CrestviewKindergarten renovation including new washroom
HanoverBlumenortTwo-classroom addition
HanoverNivervilleFive-classroom addition
HanoverSouth OaksFour-classroom addition
Seven OaksR.F. MorrisonThree-classroom addition