PRINCE GEORGE – Students, parents and teachers at two schools in the Prince George school district (SD 57) will see revamped and refreshed schools thanks to $2,106,600 going to the district under the province’s School Enhancement Program.

The project moving forward at Nusdeh Yoh Elementary school (Prince George) is the replacement of boiler and thermal heating systems with a $1.9 million contribution from the B.C. government.

The project moving forward at Mackenzie Secondary school (Mackenzie) is the replacement of an outdated dust collection system with a $206,600 contribution from the B.C. government.

School District 57 is providing $25,000 each to Nusdeh Yoh Elementary school and Mackenzie Secondary school for the projects.

“Upgrading aging infrastructure helps improve learning spaces for our students,” Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris said.

“We want to ensure that our students and staff have the best learning and work environment possible,” Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond said. “This significant investment at Nusdeh Yoh Elementary School will mean that the school has a reliable heating system for years to come.”

The province’s $45 million School Enhancement Program is helping improve 80 projects across every school district this year. Districts applied to the Ministry of Education this spring, and successful projects were chosen based on need, priority, and supporting student learning.

Quick Facts:

  • The projects have to be substantially complete by March 31, 2017.
  • This year’s $45-million School Enhancement Program builds on last year’s $35-million Routine Capital Program investment, which supported 109 school improvement projects throughout the province.
  • Budget 2016 provides $1.7 billion in capital funding over three years to replace aging facilities build more student spaces in growing communities and improve seismic safety.