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School District 57 to receive $1.8 million dollars from province for school upgrades

The provincial government is handing out $261.1 million dollars to school districts around B.C. for school maintenance projects, and nearly $1.8 million of that is coming to Prince George.

The money will be split between heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) upgrades at Peden Hill Elementary, Pineview Elementary, Quinson Elementary, and Foothills Elementary.

Peden Hill, Pineview and Quinson’s funding is all filed under the School Enhancement Program, which, according to the Ministry of Education and Childcare,  “supports repair and maintenance projects that contribute to the function of the school and extend the life of the existing building. Eligible projects include:

  • roofing upgrades (such as replacement and repair);
  • exterior wall system upgrades (such as cladding, insulation, windows and building envelope);
  • interior construction upgrades (such as interior accessibility, flooring and wall partitions);
  • HVAC upgrades (such as heating, ventilation and air conditioning);
  • electrical upgrades (such as power supply, distribution systems and fire-protection systems); and
  • plumbing upgrades (such as washrooms, water fountains and re-piping).”

Foothills’ upgrades are are part of the Carbon Neutral Capital Program, which “supports carbon-neutral projects that have the greatest effect reducing greenhouse gas emissions and providing energy efficiency and operational savings,” according to the Ministry.

“We are making historic investments in school capital projects across the province,” said Rachna Singh, Minister of Education. “Schools are the cornerstones of our communities, and our government is continuing to invest in our school infrastructure to ensure that our kids have clean, safe, modern places to learn, grow and play.”

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