The Ministry of Education recently announced funding to enhance schools so they are safer and more efficient, and funding dedicated to providing students with new playgrounds.
On March 6 the Ministry announced more than $206 million in funding for school districts to implement energy upgrades, maintenance projects and new buses. Under the funding, the Vancouver School District will receive funding of more than $1.7 million.
Funds under the School Enhancement Program will provide for fire system and accessibility upgrades at General Wolfe Elementary and fire system upgrades at Sir Winston Churchill Secondary.
The District's work on improving environmental sustainability will be furthered with funding under the provincial government's Carbon Neutral Capital Program, which will be dedicated to replacement of the heat plants at Lord Roberts Elementary and Hastings Elementary schools.
A second funding announcement by the Ministry on March 15 will provide for 50 new playgrounds in 34 school districts this year. Minister Rob Fleming says this funding will deliver "…healthier, more accessible learning environments for kids, while reducing pressure on parents to fundraise."
Under the program, the District will receive $315 thousand to build accessible playgrounds at John Norquay Elementary, University Hill Elementary and Waverly Elementary schools.
"We are delighted with the Ministry of Education's funding support to improve schools in Vancouver," says Janet Fraser, Board Chair. "These investments will help with necessary safety upgrades and improvements at several schools throughout the District," she says. "It will also provide students at Norquay, University Hill and Waverly with new, accessible playgrounds improving their learning environments." The new playgrounds are expected to be ready for children to play in fall 2019.
Learn more about the government's funding investments in school capital projects and playground spaces.
Find out more about the District's Sustainability Plan and our vision to be the greenest school district.