Province Invests Money In A Number Of Fraser Valley Schools

Fraser Valley/Victoria : MISSION – Students, parents and teachers at two schools in the Mission School District (SD 75) will see revamped and refreshed schools thanks to $1,050,000 going to the district under the province’s School Enhancement Program.              

The projects include:

Hatzic Middle School:

–          $550,000 for the installation of boilers, racking and heating water distribution pumps (Phase 2)        

Windebank Elementary School:

–          $500,000 to replace the remaining portion of the old roof (Phase 2)

CHILLIWACK – Students, parents and teachers at Vedder Middle School in the Chilliwack School District (SD 33) will see a revamped and refreshed school thanks to $164,500 going to the district under the province’s School Enhancement Program.

In SD 33, Vedder Middle School will receive an electrical upgrade, extending the life of the school.

“We are continuing to invest in our schools to create a more modern learning environment for students,” Chilliwack MLA John Martin said. “Routine upgrades improve the operational efficiency of the building so it can be used for years to come.”

LANGLEY – Students, parents and teachers at three schools in the Langley School District (SD 35) will see revamped and refreshed schools thanks to $102,604 going to the district under the province’s School Enhancement Program.

RC Garnett Demonstration Elementary School, Langley Meadows Community School, and Blacklock Fine Arts Elementary School are all receiving mechanical upgrades to replace outdated controls.

“Routine upgrades will modernize and increase the useful life of these schools,” Langley MLA Mary Polak said. “We continue to invest in our schools to ensure students are learning in a modern classroom environment.”

ABBOTSFORD – Students, parents and teachers at Mamele’awt Aboriginal Education Centre in the Abbotsford School District (SD 34) will see a revamped and refreshed school thanks to $148,000 going to the district under the province’s School Enhancement Program.     

Mamele’awt Aboriginal Education Centre is receiving funding to replace their roof.

“We continue to invest in our schools so they serve the needs of our students,” Abbotsford West MLA Michael de Jong said. “Upgrades to the building will mean students can focus on what matters most: their education.”

The province’s $45 million School Enhancement Program is helping to improve schools with 80 projects across every school district this year. Districts applied to the Ministry of Education this spring, and successful projects were chosen based on need, priority and supporting student learning. The projects have to be substantially complete by March 31, 2017.

This year’s $45-million School Enhancement Program builds on last year’s $35-million Routine Capital Program investment, which supported 109 school improvement projects throughout the province.

Budget 2016 provides $1.7 billion in capital funding over three years to replace aging facilities, build more student spaces in growing communities and improve seismic safety. As a result of B.C.’s fiscal discipline and its balanced budget, the government is able to support key investments like the School Enhancement Program.

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