Chilliwack/Victoria – Three schools in School District 33 will be able to proceed with routine capital projects, thanks to $1,340,000 in provincial funding. These improvements will help provide healthy, safe and modern learning environments.
· Tyson Elementary School: Mechanical upgrades. Cost: $186,000. New air handling units for the gymnasium and select classrooms with improved controls and sensors will replace those that have reached the end of their serviceable life.
· AD Rundle Middle School: Mechanical and heating system upgrades. Cost: $710,000. Upgrades include a new roof mounted HVAC unit, dust collection system, ventilation units for the gymnasium and classrooms, and a new high efficiency condensing boiler. These upgrades are expected to improve air quality, flow and energy efficiency by up to 10%.
· Vedder Middle School: Mechanical upgrades. Cost: $440,000. New roof top heat pumps with Direct Digital Controls will be installed for improved efficiency.
Work is expected to begin this year and finish by spring 2016.
“This significant amount of funding for schools in Chilliwack will continue to improve the learning environment,” Chilliwack-Hope MLA Laurie Throness said. “These types of upgrades will extend the life of schools in our province.”
“These behind-the-scenes projects create a healthier learning environment for students and staff,” Chilliwack MLA John Martin said. “Improvements will enhance the efficiency and safety of the equipment that are essential to schools.”
These projects were approved under the province’s routine capital program. Projects were chosen based on need, priority, and supporting student learning.
· Since 2002, the ministry has invested $4.2 billion in new and improved schools, including $2.2 billion in seismic upgrades. This has resulted in 112 new schools, 186 schools with increased classroom space and 146 seismically upgraded schools.
· Boards of education submit capital plans to the ministry that include details on school building priorities in their school districts.
· The provincial government establishes an overall capital budget for schools based the ministry’s capital allocation.
To learn more about Capital Planning within the Ministry of Education, please visit: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/education-training/administration/resource-management/capital-planning