Our two local school districts are getting a combined $2.1 million in provincial funding to support facility and bus upgrades.
The BC Government announced Tuesday it would put $198 million toward maintaining facilities and the vehicles used to get students to them.
The money is being spread across three categories: the School Enhancement Program, the Carbon Neutral Capital Program, and the School Bus Replacement Program.
The Southeast Kootenay School District (SD5) is receiving a total of $1,002,355 with the majority going to enhancements at Elkford Secondary, Elkford’s Rocky Mountain Elementary and Cranbrook’s Amy Woodland Elementary.
The district will also use $168,597 to replace one bus.
The Rocky Mountain School District (SD6) landed a total of $1,132,648 with nearly all of it planned for facility enhancements at Selkirk Secondary in Kimberley and Windermere Elementary.
SD6 will spend $130,654 in provincial funds to replace one bus.
“Students deserve to learn in schools that are well maintained and operating the way they should. That’s why we’ve boosted funding to these programs by more than $20 million over last year,” said Education Minister Rob Fleming. “We are supporting B.C. schools with this funding, so students, teachers and school district staff can focus their energy to where it matters most – in the classroom.”
Under the School Enhancement Program, all school districts will receive a portion of this year’s $65 million investment.
The program is funding 176 separate projects that upgrade a wide range of building systems.