DAWSON CREEK – Students, parents and teachers at three schools in the Peace River South school district (SD 59) will see revamped and refreshed schools thanks to $2,049,625 going to the district under the province’s School Enhancement Program.

The project moving forward at Ecole Frank Ross Elementary school (Dawson Creek) are Phase 1 boiler upgrades with $1,060,725 in provincial funding.

The project moving forward at Windrem Elementary school (Chetwynd) is a roof replacement, with $700,000 in provincial funding.

The project moving forward at Dawson Creek Secondary (Central Campus) (Dawson Creek) is a dust extractor replacement with $288,900 in provincial funding.

“Education is a priority for this government and investing in our schools is an important part of that,” Minister of Education and Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier said. “I am very proud to announce these renovations that will give students the learning spaces they need to be successful.”

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.