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SD72 gets around $2 million for projects, will impact several schools

Sandowne and Saward are two schools that will be upgraded
School District 72 received $2 million in funding from the Ministry of Education and Child Care for projects, such as upgrading Sandowne Elementary’s HVAC. Campbell River Mirror photo

School District 72 (SD72) will see additional funding in their coffers after the Ministry of Education and Child Care approved funding for the district’s capital plan request.

“This is huge because this will impact all of our schools,” says Kevin Patrick, secretary-treasurer and CFO.

The district will receive around $2 million for projects, with $900,000 earmarked for upgrading the roof of Sayward School.

Further funding of $400,000 for roofing upgrades for fall protection for staff safety and $603,510 for heating and ventilation upgrades at Sandowne Elementary was also approved.

“It’s a much-needed safety upgrade that we’ll be able to do. We kind of took it and put it at the top of our priority for this last submission,” says Patrick. “We’re really happy to receive it, [the] Sandowne HVAC upgrade. These are the types of things that are positive because they will provide a better climate-controlled experience for students. But it also saves us money because it’s more efficient equipment.”

The district will also get $195,000 from the ministry for a new playground. The location, however, cannot be announced yet due to the ministry’s direction.

“I can’t share it (the location) because it’s embargoed.”