KELOWNA– Three schools in School District 23 will be able to proceed with routine capital projects, thanks to $1,075,800 in provincial funding. These improvements will help provide healthy, safe and modern learning environments.

Approved projects:

  • A.S. Matheson Elementary School: $683,000 for a roof replacement/upgrade.
  • Springvalley Middle School: $160,800 to replace sawdust collection system to meet codes/standards.
  • Glenmore and Mountainview Elementary School: $232,000 for a lighting upgrade.

Work is expected to begin this year and finish by spring 2016.

“The learning environment can have a big impact on student performance,” says Premier Christy Clark, MLA for Westside-Kelowna. “These improvements will continue to ensure a safe and efficient space where students can excel.”

“These maintenance projects may be routine, but they can’t be ignored—and these funds will allow these important upgrades to proceed,” says Kelowna-Mission MLA Steve Thomson. “I’m pleased to see these priority projects of the District addressed.”

“This funding worth nearly $1.1 million will improve the school experience for students, teachers and staff,” says Norm Letnick, MLA for Kelowna-Lake Country. “These are small projects that can make a big difference in day-to-day operations.”

These projects were approved under the province’s routine capital program. Projects were chosen based on need, priority, and supporting student learning.

Quick Facts:

  • Since 2002, the ministry has invested $4.2 billion in new and improved schools, including $2.2 billion in seismic upgrades. This has resulted in 112 new schools, 186 schools with increased classroom space and 146 seismically upgraded schools.
  • Boards of education submit capital plans to the ministry that include details on school building priorities in their school districts.
  • The provincial government establishes an overall capital budget for schools based the ministry’s capital allocation.

To learn more about Capital Planning within the Ministry of Education, please visit: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/education-training/administration/resource-management/capital-planning.