SD20 eyes potential revenue source

International student program studied

School District 20 (SD20) is embracing diversity as a means of possibly generating some revenue.

The board of trustees is looking for a detailed report on what a potential international student program could look like and whether it would be a good fit for Kootenay-Colombia.

A request for proposals has been sent out and the board sits tight for some details but Teri Ferworn, board chair, says successful programs in the province and one as close as Nelson hold the idea promising.

“The budgets have been cut severely in the last five years, and it’s gotten to the point where the so-called long list that gets generated each year is no longer a long list, it’s now a very, very short list,” she indicated.

“It’s looking like if we don’t come up with different ways to increase the revenue generation stream, then maybe some of the programs are going to be in jeopardy and we don’t want that.”

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