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Capital projects outlined at Powell River board of education meeting

School district has funding for improvements to buildings
FUNDING ANNOUNCED: Brooks Secondary School will receive a couple of upgrades as part of School District 47’s minor capital plan.

School District 47 received notification of six new minor capital projects at district schools.

At the May 12 board of education meeting, secretary-treasurer Steve Hopkins outlined a letter from the provincial ministry of education that specified projects identified in the 2021-2022 capital program.

At Brooks Secondary School, there will be two projects. One is an electrical upgrade with solar installation, valued at $375,000. There will also be an LED lighting upgrade at the school, valued at $100,000.

At James Thomson Elementary School, there will be roofing upgrades, valued at $190,000. Roofing upgrades will also take place at Edgehill Elementary School, valued at $540,000.

Westview Elementary School and Kelly Creek Community School will be receiving upgrades to heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, with the projects valued at $80,000.

There will also be electrical system upgrades, valued at $40,000, at Edgehill, James Thomson, Kelly Creek and Oceanview Education Centre.

Hopkins said most projects are slated to begin in the summer of 2021.

He said the school district has put forward a business case for Edgehill Elementary, which has the greatest number of portable classrooms, with five in place at the school. An application has been made for an addition to be considered in major capital upgrades.