KELOWNA – The district of West Kelowna will soon be getting a new elementary school for their growing population as part of the Ministry of Education’s new $353-million capital plan for new schools or school expansions. Students and staff at Okanagan Mission Secondary will also benefit from this investment, as they’ve been approved for a new addition.
Ben Stewart, MLA for Westside-Kelowna: “This is exciting news for Kelowna-area residents, who will benefit not only from the jobs that will be created through these projects, but from the new student spaces that will accommodate our growing population for years to come. It’s important that we continue to invest, even in challenging financial times. This is a part of our ongoing commitment to the best education system in Canada.”
Steve Thomson, MLA for Kelowna-Mission: “Providing our students with the right learning environment is crucial to their success, so I’m pleased to see that the Central Okanagan school district is receiving a portion of these funds for two high priority projects that will benefit our community for many years.”
Norm Letnick, MLA for Kelowna-Lake Country: “As the greater Kelowna area continues to grow, it’s vital that services like education grow along with it. These are two important and necessary projects, and a new school will be a welcome addition.”
Rolli Cacchioni, chair of the Central Okanagan board of education: [NOT APPROVED] “Okanagan Mission Secondary is a leader of academic excellence in the community. This new addition will ensure that our students continue with their tremendous success in the Fine Arts, Athletics and many other courses for years to come. The new school in West Kelowna will provide endless opportunities for our kids, as they embark on modern ways of learning in a brand new facility.”
- Projects approved for funding in the province include six new elementary schools, one new middle school, two new secondary schools, four school additions, and the purchase of six school sites – four of which are for future schools.
- The Province is working in partnership with the Surrey school district, which has committed approximately $23 million to these projects, and the Sooke school district, which has committed approximately $30 million from the future sale of the current Belmont Secondary site, for a total of $53 million.
- Over the past 10 years, government has spent more than $1.8 billion to complete 83 new and replacement schools, 149 school additions, 26 renovations and 22 site acquisitions across the province.
- In the same time, the Province has committed more than $3.9 billion to school capital and maintenance
For more information on Education in B.C. visit www.gov.bc.ca/bced
- To learn more about School District 23, visit their website: www.sd23.bc.ca