The Government of British Columbia is providing $702,000 to the Vancouver school district to repair, upgrade and improve five of its facilities to make sure students, teachers and staff have comfortable and refreshed places to learn and work, Education Minister Mike Bernier announced today.
The funding is part of the $20-million expansion of the School Enhancement Program announced in September 2016. As a result, 217 school-improvement projects have been approved to proceed throughout the province.
Through the School Enhancement Program, the district will complete the following:
- roof repairs at Sir Charles Tupper Secondary;
- flooring upgrades at Lord Kitchener Elementary;
- washroom upgrades at Hastings Elementary Community;
- roof repairs at Vancouver Technical Secondary; and
- roof repairs at King George Secondary.
Of the 217 approved projects throughout the province, 122 schools will use the funding to upgrade their plumbing lines and fixtures. A number of districts will benefit from new or repaired roofs or upgraded fire response systems. For this round of funding, the Ministry of Education expanded the scope of eligible projects to include flooring replacement. As a result, 30 schools will benefit from improved flooring.
This funding builds on the $80 million already invested over the past two years through the program. In total, almost 400 school improvement projects across the province have been upgraded since it was launched in 2014.
As a result of B.C.'s fiscal discipline and balanced budget, the government is able to support student learning, community development and local jobs through key investments like the School Enhancement Program.
Mike Bernier, Minister of Education –
“These improvements build on our continued record capital and seismic investments in the Vancouver school district. Through this program, we are helping school districts by protecting and preserving vital school infrastructure to ensure our students have the environment they need to succeed.”
Dianne Turner, official trustee, Vancouver School Board –
“Many of our schools are in significant need of repairs, and this funding will help update key facilities maintenance for two of our elementary schools and three of our high schools. Our students will benefit from new roofs, floors and upgraded washrooms. I look forward to many more announcements like this to upgrade the condition of our schools.”
- The School Enhancement Program is aimed at helping school districts extend the life of their facilities through a wide range of improvement projects, including:
- plumbing, boiler and other mechanical upgrades;
- heating and ventilation upgrades;
- roof repairs or replacement;
- windows, lighting and electrical system upgrades;
- safety enhancements including fire protection; and
- flooring upgrades.
- Districts applied for funding to the Ministry of Education in September 2016. Successful projects were chosen based on need, priority and how well they support student learning and safety. Approved projects cost between $100,000 and $3 million. Projects are expected to be mostly complete by March 31, 2017.
- Previous School Enhancement Program projects in the Vancouver school district include:
- Queen Mary Elementary school - $204,000 for window upgrades
- Lord Strathcona Elementary school - $150,260 for roof repairs
- Lord Strathcona Elementary school - $1.7 million for window upgrades
- Since 2001, the Province has invested more than $300 million for 47 capital and seismic projects completed in the Vancouver school district.
- Over the next three years, B.C. will invest $1.7 billion to replace and renovate aging school buildings and add more student spaces in growing communities.
B.C.’s School Enhancement Program: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/education-training/administration/resource-management/capital-planning/school-enhancement-program
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