Local school boards are pledging more help for students who have special needs, more air conditioning for overheated kids, new help for kids who skateboard to school, and even flight simulators to study aviation.

Public and Catholic schools in Waterloo Region will spend more than $1.1 billion to educate students in the coming school year, according to budgets recently approved by education trustees.

The boards will be hiring 267 more teachers and classrooms assistants as enrolment surges by 2,100 students in September, compared to a year ago.

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