Saturday September 3, 2011
BC Gov't News
Three Chilliwack schools to get $150k in playground upgrades
Released by Thomas Marshall, BC Government Caucus
tudents at three public schools in Chilliwack will soon have the opportunity to explore a brand-new playground, as Premier Christy Clark announced today $8 million over two years to support new, upgraded or replaced school playgrounds in the province.
"The new playgrounds will be a great addition to the community. Not only will students at these schools benefit greatly from a new playground, but families in Chilliwack will have more safe places to take their kids to play," said John Les, MLA for Chilliwack in a press release Friday.
Public elementary and middle schools in B.C. are eligible for the playground funding, which will ensure that every public elementary school and every middle school that wants one, gets a playground for their students.
"I'm very pleased to see that Chilliwack
schools are getting new playgrounds for their students to enjoy. Playgrounds are
such an integral part of our childhood - I know that they will help students and
children in our community to create many lasting memories," said Barry Penner,
MLA for Chilliwack-Hope.
The following schools will be receiving $50,000 each for a new playground, after being identified by Chilliwack School District (SD. 33) as not having a playground and wanting one:
Vedder Middle School
G.W. Graham Middle-Secondary School
Rosedale Traditional Community School
In addition, school districts have been
asked to identify recently installed playgrounds that are eligible for
reimbursement, and to prioritize those that require upgrades or replacements.
Remaining funds will cover as many of those projects as possible.
Forty-four public elementary and middle schools in B.C. are receiving $50,000 for a new playground. Remaining funds will support more than a hundred upgraded, replaced or recently installed playgrounds in the province.
To ensure every public elementary school has a playground for students from the time they open, the Ministry of Education will be amending their capital project agreement with school districts to ensure that the installation of playground equipment is included when building an elementary school.
Over the past 10 years, government has spent more than $1.8 billion to complete 83 new and replacement schools, 149 school additions, 26 renovations and 22 site acquisitions across the province.
In the same time, the Province has committed more than $3.9 billion to school capital and maintenance.
For more information on Education in B.C. visit www.gov.bc.ca/bced
To learn more about Chilliwack
School District (SD. 33), visit their website:
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