KELOWNA – Students, parents and teachers at five schools in the Central Okanagan school district (SD 23) will see revamped and refreshed schools thanks to $929,000 going to the district under the province’s School Enhancement Program.

The projects moving forward include:

Dr. Knox Middle School (Kelowna):

  • Sawdust collection system upgrade
  • $176,276 in provincial funding
  • $2,500 in district funding

George Elliot Secondary School (Kelowna):

  • Sawdust collection system upgrade
  • $298,069 in provincial funding
  • $2,500 in district funding

Constable Neil Bruce Middle School (Kelowna):

  • Sawdust collection system upgrade
  • $129,159 in provincial funding
  • $2,500 in district funding

Kelowna Senior Secondary School (Kelowna):

  • Sawdust collection system upgrade
  • $176,276 in provincial funding
  • $2,500 in district funding

K L O Middle School (Kelowna):

  • Sawdust collection system upgrade
  • $149,225 in provincial funding
  • $2,500 in district funding

The province’s $45 million School Enhancement Program is helping improve 80 projects across every school district this year. Districts applied to the Ministry of Education this spring, and successful projects were chosen based on need, priority, and supporting student learning.

As a result of B.C.’s fiscal discipline and its balanced budget, the government is able to support key investments like the School Enhancement Program.

Quotes:

“This program helps ensure our schools are well-maintained, improving the learning experience for students,” says Steve Thomson, MLA for Kelowna-Mission. “These projects will contribute to a clean, healthy, and safe environment for our kids.”

“These are just 5 of 80 projects that will benefit schools across our province,” says Norm Letnick, MLA for Kelowna-Lake Country. “Our strong economy means we can make important investments like this one that will benefit students, teachers and parents.”

“B.C.’s students and their hard-working teachers deserve the best learning environment possible,” says Premier Christy Clark, MLA for Westside-Kelowna. “These small projects can make a big impact on day-to-day operations, enhancing student performance and success.”

Quick Facts:

  • The projects have to be substantially complete by March 31, 2017.
  • This year’s $45-million School Enhancement Program builds on last year’s $35-million Routine Capital Program investment, which supported 109 school improvement projects throughout the province.
  • Budget 2016 provides $1.7 billion in capital funding over three years to replace aging facilities build more student spaces in growing communities and improve seismic safety.