VANCOUVER – Students, parents and teachers at two schools in the Vancouver school district (SD 39) will see revamped and refreshed schools thanks to more than $2 million going to the district under the province’s School Enhancement Program.
The projects moving forward include:
- $204,000 in provincial funding to replace 100-year-old windows at Queen Mary Elementary School.
- $1,850,260 in provincial funding to renew the roof and replace 100-year-old windows at Lord Strathcona Elementary School. Roof renewal is tied into seismic upgrades.
The province’s $45-million School Enhancement Program is supporting 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.
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.
- The projects have to be substantially completed 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.