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Posted: November 3, 2015

SD5 lands funding for upgrades

Five schools in Cranbrook will be able to proceed with routine capital projects thanks to $946,650 in provincial government funding. These improvements will help provide healthy, safe and modern learning environments.

steeplesMount Baker Secondary School, Laurie Middle School, Pinewood Elementary, Amy Woodland Elementary and Steeples Elementary schools are all getting in on the funding.

“These capital upgrades will make our schools more comfortable and efficient,” stated Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett. “It’s great news for Cranbrook that our government is spending close to $1 million to make these improvements that will extend the life of these schools.”

These projects were approved under the province’s routine capital program. Projects were chosen based on need, priority, and supporting student learning.

Projects being funded

Laurie MSLaurie Middle School: Replace engineered rooftop air handling unit and repair roof. Cost: $434,900. A new unit will improve air quality and efficiency. Improvements will improve the quality of airflow and circulation within the school as well as the efficiency of the system. These will improve the comfort of students and faculty and extend the useful life of the school.

Mount Baker Secondary: Acquisition of two heating water boilers and circulatory pumps. Cost: $368,000. New boilers will be more efficient and replace eight boiler modules with two. Improvements will improve the efficiency of the system. These will improve the comfort of students and faculty and extend the useful life of the school.

Pinewood schoolPinewood Elementary; Amy Woodland Elementary; Steeples Elementary: Gas-fired air handling, furnace, heat pumps. Cost: $143,750.

Pinewood: replace two rooftop air-handling units that serve the existing gymnasium. These units are 15-years-old and are at the end of their service life.

Amy Woodland: replace five units that are 24 years old and are beyond their service life.

AmyWoodlandSchoolSteeples: replace two existing rooftop gas-fired heat pumps that serve corner classrooms. These units are 23-years-old and are beyond their expected service life. These will improve the comfort of students and faculty and extend the useful life of the school

Work is expected to be completed by spring 2016.

School District No. 5 (SD5) submits 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.

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