Surrey Schools receives nearly $2.2M from province for upgrade projects

Funding for boiler, plumbing upgrades, new school buses

The Surrey School District is receiving almost $2.2 million in provincial funding for school upgrade projects.

The district is receiving $2,194,054 in funding for school maintenance project, according to a news release from the NDP government Wednesday (March 6).

The projects include: boiler upgrades at H.T. Thrift Elementary through the Carbon Neutral Capital program; phase three plumbing upgrades at various schools through the School Enhancement program; and three new school buses through the Bus Acquisition program.

Additional funding, according to the release, will also be provided for building envelope upgrades at Coyote Creek, Frost Road, Ocean Cliff and Westerman elementary schools.

The release says the funding programs are part of a $206 million provincial investment under the Annual Facilities grant, School Enhancement, Carbon Neutral Capital and Bus Replacement programs. The investments are mean “to ensure students have well-maintained learning environments and bus services that are safe, comfortable and efficient.”

This year’s funding, according to the release, is a $500,000-increase from the previous year and a $20.6-million increase from 2016/17.

READ ALSO: B.C. school district funding changes delayed until after next year, Dec. 19, 2018

Since September 2017, the release reads, the NDP government has also approved more than $17 million for school upgrades in the district, including $11 million provided in Annual Facilities Grand funding for school maintenance costs.

Surrey NDP MLAs said the funding will allow Surrey students to “benefit from safer, more efficient schools.”

“Students deserve the best learning environment we can give them. These investments in our kids’ learning environments demonstrate our commitment to making life better for people — especially our youngest British Columbians,” said Rachna Singh, MLA for Surrey- Green Timbers.

READ ALSO: ‘Portable explosion’ continues in Surrey, with district predicting $10.7M-bill, Feb. 14, 2019

READ ALSO: Construction to begin on new Surrey elementary school, Jan. 10, 2019

READ ALSO: Frozen, but determined, start to new $33-million South Surrey school, Feb. 8, 2019



lauren.collins@surreynowleader.com

Like us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram and follow Lauren on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

COVID-19: Daily update on pandemic in Surrey, White Rock and beyond

Provincial Health Officer officially bans overnight kids’ camps this summer

Surrey RCMP look for missing man

Tyler Ridout, 36, last seen near Balsam Crescent and 136th Street

Police watchdog investigating death of man in Delta

Independent Investigations Office asking for witnesses to May 29 incident at Tsawwassen ferry terminal

Safe Surrey under fire for ‘sickening’ social media posts accusing RCMP of murder

Mayor Doug McCallum says tweet, Facebook post ‘sent out by unauthorized person’

B.C. government releases designs for new Pattullo Bridge

Project expected to cost $1.377 billion, completed by end of 2023

QUIZ: Test your knowledge of the world of summer sports

In a typical year, there are plenty of summer sporting events and tournaments held across Canada

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

We’re asking you to lock arms with us, as we look to better days ahead

Protesters rally against anti-black, Indigenous racism in Toronto

Police estimated the crowd to be between 3,500 and 4,000 and said there was no violence

Feds earmark $1.5M to support recovery of B.C., Indigenous tourism

B.C. money will be split between Vancouver Island and Indigenous tourism

‘We’re sick of it’: Anger over police killings shatters U.S.

Tens of thousands marched to protest the death of George Floyd

Father’s Day Walk Run for prostate cancer will be virtual event this year throughout B.C.

The annual fundraiser for Prostate Cancer Foundation BC has brought in $2.5 million since 1999

Dr. Bonnie Henry announces official ban on overnight kids’ camps this summer

New ban comes after talking with other provincial health officials across the country, Henry says

Senior man in hospital after unprovoked wolf attack near Prince Rupert

Conservation officers are on site looking for the wolf

VIDEO: NASA astronauts blast off into space on SpaceX rocket

Marks NASA’s first human spaceflight launched from U.S. soil in nearly a decade

Most Read