MLA Fraser welcomes school upgrades in the Alberni Valley

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PORT ALBERNI – New Democrat MLA Scott Fraser says students in the Alberni Valley are going to see more green, efficient and safe learning spaces thanks to over $1.5 million in provincial funding for school upgrade projects in School District 70.

“Students deserve to learn in schools that are well maintained and operating the way they should,” said Scott Fraser, MLA for Mid Island-Pacific Rim. “Our government is choosing to invest in improved learning spaces for students and better workplaces for teachers.”

The Alberni Valley (SD 70) is receiving $1,544,505 in funding for school maintenance projects, including:

School Enhancement Program

  • EJ Dunn Elementary, Wood Elementary
    • Roof replacement

Carbon Neutral Capital Program

  • Alberni District Secondary, Alberni Elementary, AW Neill Elementary, Eighth Avenue Learning Centre, EJ Dunn Elementary, John Howitt Elementary, Maquinna Elementary, Wickaninnish Community, Wood Elementary
    • Lighting upgrades

These funding programs are part of a $217.7-million investment under the Annual Facilities Grant (AFG), School Enhancement Program, Carbon Neutral Capital Program, Building Envelope Program and Bus Acquisition Program, to ensure students have well-maintained learning environments and bus services that are safe, comfortable and efficient. This year’s funding is $32.3-million higher than it was in 2016/17.

After years of underfunding by the previous BC Liberal government, the New Democrat government is delivering an historic level of support to BC students. We’ve added an extra $2.2 billion in operating funding over 2016/17 levels and created a $2.8 billion school capital budget to build, seismically upgrade and expand K-12 schools. To ensure students have a safe place to play, we introduced an annual playground fund, delivering an additional $5 million a year to districts across the province.

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