Conrad Elementary School will receive $376

Conrad Elementary receives $376,575 for upgrades

A Prince Rupert school will receive $376,575 from the Ministry of Education to upgrade its heating, air-conditioning system and ventilation.

Thousands of dollars in school enhancement funding from the province has trickled its way into Conrad Elementary school.

The school will receive $376,575 from the Ministry of Education to upgrade its heating, air-conditioning system and ventilation.

Secretary treasurer for School District 52, Cam McIntyre, said the district had initially received provincial money through another fund, the Carbon Neutral Capital Program, to replace Conrad’s boilers.

“The engineer looked at the entire building and recommended quite a significant amount of other changes as well so that we will consolidate all the boilers into one boiler, we’ll be upgrading the air ventilation and heating systems basically throughout the classrooms and it became a much bigger project,” McIntyre said.

The Ministry of Education announced $20-million in funding for school improvement projects in September and Conrad was one of the 217 schools that had a successful application.

“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. We are doing this to ensure that our students have the secure, safe and comfortable environment they need to succeed,” said the Minister of Education Mike Bernier.

For Conrad to be eligible for the funding its project needed to cost between $100,000 to $3 million and it has to be completed by March 31, 2017. The government’s press release stated that the projects chosen were based on need, priority and how well they supported student learning and safety.

More than half the schools will use the funding for upgrading plumbing and fixtures. Other improvement projects include repaired roofs, upgraded fire response systems, or improved flooring.

“This is the last bit of money that we expect this year for capital projects,” McIntyre said.