New funding to extend life of TRSS

Trent Ernst, Editor


Students at Tumbler Ridge Secondary School will be breathing a little easier, thanks to $236,000 in funding from the province to improve the sawdust collection system in the shop area.

The projects will include creating larger ducting, additional filters, explosion relief panels and blowback prevention dampers, and will impove air quality at the school, to  ensure the schools are safe and efficient to support student learning.

The funding is part of a larger announcement. Dawson Creek and Chetwynd will also be receiving similar upgrades, while McLeod Elementary is receiving funding to upgrade the heating, ventilating and air conditioning controls.

Work is expected to begin this year and finish by spring 2016.

“Government is committed to upgrading and replacing equipment in our schools to ensure our students have safe and modern places to learn and succeed and I am pleased to see these funds coming to schools in the South Peace,” says Mike Bernier, South Peace MLA and Education Minister.

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

Across the province, more than $35 million was announced for Routine Capital improvements. That’s expanded from the $20 million announced in August, the extra $15.3 million added after districts brought forward a large number of projects.