North Coast MLA Jennifer Rice says students in Hagensborg will benefit from safer, more efficient schools thanks to over $760,000 in provincial funding for school upgrade projects in the Central Coast School District.
“Students deserve safe and well-maintained learning environments,” said Rice. “After years of indifference towards education in this province, our government is turning the page and investing in the health and safety of our kids. This funding boost is great news for families, students and teachers at Sir Alexander Mackenzie.”
The Central Coast School District (SD 49) is receiving $761,000 in funding for school maintenance projects, including a dust collector replacement and HVAC upgrades at Sir Alexander Mackenzie Secondary.
These funding programs are part of a $206 million provincial investment under the Annual Facilities Grant, School Enhancement Program, Carbon Neutral Capital Program and Bus Replacement Program, to ensure students have well-maintained learning environments and bus services that are safe, comfortable and efficient. This year’s funding is a $500,000 increase from the previous year, and a $20.6 million increase from 2016/17.
Since September 2017, the New Democrat government has approved nearly $2 million for school upgrades in the district, including $900,000 in HVAC and boiler upgrades at Sir Alexander Mackenzie Secondary.
The New Democrat government has delivered historic levels of funding to B.C. schools, including the biggest operative and capital budgets in B.C. history, an extra $1-billion in classroom funding over 2016/17, $2.7-billion over three years to build, seismically upgrade and expand K-12 schools, and a new annual $5-million playground fund.