NPSS receives over $650k in funding for HVAC upgrades

North Peace Secondary School. File photo

FORT ST. JOHN – Education Minister Mike Bernier announced this morning that the North Peace Secondary School will be getting $656,800 in provincial School Enhancement Program funding.

Bernier says that that School District 60 will use the new funding to replace the school’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning system.

The provincial government announced an extra $20 million in funding under the School Enhancement Program in September 2016. As a result, 217 school improvement projects have been approved to proceed throughout the province. To be eligible, projects must cost between $100,000 and $3 million and be substantially complete by March 31, 2017. The approved projects were chosen based on need, priority, and how well they support student learning and safety.

“Through the School Enhancement Program, we are continuing to deliver on our commitment to help school districts protect, preserve and extend the life of their schools,” said Bernier. “We are doing this to ensure that our students have the secure, safe and comfortable environment they need to succeed. Since the launch of this successful program, we’ve invested over $100 million in school improvement projects throughout the province.”

The School Enhancement Program is aimed at helping school districts extend the life of their facilities through a wide range of improvement projects, including:

  • Plumbing, boiler and other mechanical upgrades.
  • Heating and ventilation upgrades.
  • Roof repairs or replacement.
  • Windows, lighting and electrical system upgrades.
  • Safety enhancements including fire protection.
  • Flooring upgrades.

Out of the 217 approved projects, 122 schools will use the funding to upgrade their plumbing lines and fixtures. A number of districts will benefit from new or repaired roofs or upgraded fire response systems.