Province investing in three area schools

Three schools School District 27 will be getting upgrades thanks to $321,073 from the province’s School Enhancement Program.

  • May. 20, 2016 12:00 p.m.

Three schools in School District 27 will be getting upgrades thanks to $321,073 from the province’s School Enhancement Program.

Dog Creek Elementary School and Likely Elementary School will receive heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) upgrades, while Cataline Elementary School will see a fire protection upgrade.

The School Enhancement Program is improving 80 schools across every district this year, the provincial government said in a press release.

“Through the School Enhancement Program, these three schools will receive much-needed improvements that will benefit students, teachers and staff,” Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett said. “This is another example of how schools and students continue to benefit from B.C.’s balanced budget.”

Districts applied to the Ministry of Education this spring and successful projects were chosen based on need and priority. 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,” the press release noted.