11/26/2012 12:40 EST | Updated 01/26/2013 05:12 EST

Climbing student enrolments prompt Saskatchewan to boost school funding

SASKATOON - The Saskatchewan government is giving some school divisions more money because of a boost in student numbers.

Education Minister Russ Marchuk says eight school divisions in high-growth areas will share an additional $6.6 million.

Marchuk says school divisions are facing challenges when it comes to providing education services and finding space for new students.

Operating funds for school divisions are based on the prior year's enrolments.

Marchuk says that approach worked when numbers were generally flat, but some school divisions — especially around Saskatoon — are seeing big enrolment increases.

The province is also spending $800,000 for as many as 50 portable classrooms for the start of the next school year.