Polaris Montessori Elementary lands funding for upgrades

PRINCE GEORGE – Students, teachers and staff at Polaris Montessori Elementary will benefit from a new fire protection system and gymnasium heating and ventilation unit, thanks to $230,000 in provincial funding to provide healthy, safe and modern learning environments.

Polaris Montessori Elementary moved into their current building, an older facility, after a fire burned their other school a few years ago.

Projects include upgrading the sprinkler system into current building code and improve safety and improving the gymnasium’s heating and ventilation.

Work is expected to begin this year and finish by spring 2016.

“School District No. 57 (Prince George) is pleased to receive approval and funding for these two projects from the Ministry of Education’s 2015-2016 Routine Capital Maintenance program,” School District 57 secretary-treasurer Allan Reed said. “These projects improve the safety and energy efficiency of Polaris Montessori Elementary school. We appreciate the support to improve the learning environment of the school for our students and staff.”

“The families at Polaris Montessori faced significant challenges as they were relocated to the current site,” Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond said. “These funds will allow for important capital upgrades that improve the learning environment for students and staff.”

“Ensuring our school facilities meet safe and acceptable standards is paramount in providing a safe learning environment for our children,” Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris said.

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