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The provincial government is funding routine capital projects for four schools in Kamloops.
The four schools will receive more than $1.1 million for improvements that will help provide healthy, safe, and modern learning environments.
“Our government is committed to providing safe, modern learning environments and I am pleased that we are providing more than $1.1 million for these improvements,” said Kamloops-North Thompson MLA Terry Lake.
Norkam Secondary will receive $233,700 to upgrade and replace aging electrical panels and wiring with high-efficiency panels and receptables.
Summit Elementary will receive $225,000 to replace the aging boiler system and install a direct digital control system that will increase efficiency by up to 30 per cent. This will increase the comfort of students while reducing the operating costs of the school.
Valleyview Secondary will receive $304,800 to retrofit the entire school to LED lighting. The upgrade is expected to save the school $6,400 per year for the first three years after implementing, and will reduce the energy use by 60,000 kilowatt-hours per year.
Brocklehurst Middle School will receive $355,600 to also retrofit the lighting of the school to LED. The total energy savings are expected to be 75,000 kilowatt-hours per year, and the annual savings are expected to be $8,000.
“Updating lighting systems and replacing boilers and electrical wiring are necessary capital upgrades that will make these schools more comfortable and efficient,” said Kamloops-South Thompson MLA Todd Stone.
The work is expected to be completed by the spring of 2016.
The projects were approved under B.C.’s routing capital program. Projects are chosen based on need, priority, and supporting student learning.