HALIFAX - School boards across Nova Scotia are getting a funding increase of almost $45 million this year.

The Education Department says the additional money will allow the eight boards to maintain programming and pay their bills.

This year's increase includes $15.9 million in salary costs incurred by boards last year and added to their base.


As well, there's an additional $28.9 million to meet salary and operating costs for 2009-10.

The president of the Nova Scotia School Boards Association, Ron Marks, says the boards will continue to be challenged to balance their budgets.

But he says having the funding information early enough to plan for the coming school year is helpful.

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