Schools across B.C. can expect significant upgrades, as well as maintenance projects and new buses thanks to $206 million in provincial funding.
On Wednesday, the province announced funding to target out-of-date schools and to promote greener opportunities in education.
“For too many years, maintenance projects weren’t funded properly, and now we are providing school districts with increased resources to improve schools for students,” said Rob Fleming, Minister of Education in a statement. “This funding provides better instructional environments for both teachers and learners to focus more of their energies on student success.”
The funding will go towards five separate programs: the School Enhancement Program, the Carbon Neutral Capital Program, the Bus Acquisition Program, the Building Envelope Program and the Annual Facility Grant.
Schools across Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands will see more than $15 million for these programs.
In Greater Victoria, more than $4.4 million will go towards projects at the Greater Victoria School District (SD61), the Sooke School District (SD62) and the Saanich School District (SD63).
For SD61 more than $2.4 million will go towards:
• Boiler, DDC and air-handling unit upgrades at Richmond Elementary School
• Flooring upgrades at Lansdowne Middle School
• Roof upgrades/replacement at Richmond Elementary School
• Window upgrades (Phase 2) at Mount Douglas Secondary School
• Installing new energy-efficient condensing boilers at Richmond Elementary School
• Two new buses
For SD62 more than $1.15 million will go towards:
• Replacing unit ventilators and windows (Phase 1) at Dunsmuir Middle School
• Two new buses
For SD63 $851,781 will go towards:
• Dust-collector upgrades at Claremont Secondary School and Royal Oak Middle School
• Lighting upgrades with lighting and HVAC controls at various schools
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