Province Invests Extra $20 Million in School Improvements
Prince George, B.C. – The provincial government announced today it will pump a further $20 million to repair, upgrade and improve facilities through their School Enhancement Program.
The money builds on the $45 million investment the Province made into 124 public schools in May.
School districts can resubmit previous applications or apply for new projects and must cost between $100,000 and $3 million to be eligible. The applications must be received by September 15, 2016.
The type of projects eligible for the funding includes:
- Plumbing, boiler, and other mechanical upgrades
- Heating and ventilation upgrades
- Roof repairs or replacement
- Windows, lighting and electrical system upgrades
- Safety enhancements – including fire protection
- Flooring replacement
Victoria says the funding was made possible through their strong management of B.C.’s economy.
Prince George School Board vice-chair Tim Bennett says extra funding is always welcome though he questions the timing considering the quick turnaround required.
“While the funds are welcome, I know the district has called on government to invest that money into annual facility grant funding rather than the School Enhancement Fund as that allows districts to make local decisions to meet their needs.”