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Kelly Road Replacement Tops Capital Plan Wish List

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 @ 5:55 AM

Prince George, B.C. – The Five-Year Capital Plan will be up for adoption at tonight’s Prince George School Board meeting.school board

It will be presented by the Education Services Committee, and like last year, the replacement of Kelly Road Secondary School tops its wish list at a cost of over $42.6 million.

Second on the list will be a plan to increase capacity at DP Todd Secondary School from 625 to 750 students. The committee also recommends removing modulars at the school. Both would come at a price tag of $7.2 million.

The plan asks for boiler and DDC Control replacements at two schools – McBride Secondary ($270,000) and Heritage Elementary ($181,700).

There are five School Enhancement Program projects on the list including the removal of lead from drinking water in four schools: Edgewood Elementary, Foothills Elementary, Nukko Lake Elementary and Pineview Elementary. The district estimates that would cost $400,000.

The plan also calls for the replacement of classroom heating and ventilation units at Blackburn Elementary ($550,000) and Ecole Lac des Bois ($1.175 million).

There’s also a request for the replacement of the dust collection system in the Industrial Education classroom at DP Todd ($300,000) and for the prevention of water damage at the John McInnes Centre ($250,000).

The Ministry of Education also provided an opportunity for additional projects to be considered under the 2015/16 School Enhancement Program.

These projects are not part of the 2016/17 Five-Year Capital Plan. Four projects were submitted by the September 15, 2016 deadline (cost estimates were not listed). They called for:

  • Flooring replacement at Valemount Elementary School.
  • Heating and ventilation upgrades at College Heights Secondary School, McBride Centennial Elementary School and Nukko Lake Elementary School.

The Ministry of Education requires school districts to prepare five-year capital plans each year. They must be submitted by September 30.


Once again, there is no mention of any action (expansion or otherwise) to deal with the perennial overcrowding at Morfee Elementary. It seems that Mackenzie doesn’t even qualify to make it on the district’s wish list. What a shameful continuation of their long habit of neglect for this community.

More than ever do we need a BC Rural School Board of trustees.

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