RICHMOND– Three schools in School District 38 will be able to proceed with routine capital projects, thanks to $998,200 in provincial funding. These improvements will help provide healthy, safe and modern learning environments.

Approved projects:

  • Robert Tait Elementary School: $665,000 for roof replacement.
  • General Currie Elementary – $193,500 for boiler replacement.
  • McMath Secondary – $139,700 for central boiler plant replacement.

The work at Robert Tait Elementary and McMath Secondary is expected to begin this year and finish by spring 2016. Phase one of the project at General Currie Elementary is expected to begin this year and finish by spring 2016, with phase two slated for early summer of 2016.

“We want students to enjoy the best learning environment possible, and these small improvements can make a big difference in the school experience,” says Linda Reid, MLA for Richmond East. “I’m pleased to see these priority projects of the District addressed.”

“Maintenance projects may be routine, but they can’t be ignored—and these funds will allow these important upgrades to proceed,” Richmond Centre MLA Teresa Wat. “These may be small projects, but they allow for a more comfortable learning environment for students and teachers.”

“These improvements will help ensure these schools are safe and efficient to support student learning,” says John Yap, MLA for Richmond-Steveston. “Thank you to the District for identifying these priority projects, which will now be addressed with more than $998,000 in funding.”

These projects were approved under the province’s routine capital program. Projects were chosen based on need, priority, and supporting student learning.

Quick Facts:

  • Since 2002, the ministry has invested $4.2 billion in new and improved schools, including $2.2 billion in seismic upgrades. This has resulted in 112 new schools, 186 schools with increased classroom space and 146 seismically upgraded schools.
  • Boards of education submit capital plans to the ministry that include details on school building priorities in their school districts.
  • The provincial government establishes an overall capital budget for schools based the ministry’s capital allocation.

To learn more about Capital Planning within the Ministry of Education, please visit: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/education-training/administration/resource-management/capital-planning.