Provincial Government Commits $35 Million to Kamloops Elementary School
The Province has announced funding for a new Parkcrest school, committing nearly $35 million toward a new kindergarten-to-Grade-6 facility. The new school will have room for an additional 120 students, bringing the total to 510 students. It will include both a learning centre and a larger gym for use by community groups as well as students, thanks to the City of Kamloops, which contributed $2.5 million towards their construction. Work is set to begin in summer 2022. The school is expected to open by spring 2024. It will be built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold standards that will help to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while improving the school’s annual energy costs.
Funding for Parkcrest is in addition to $32.7 million recently invested in a 525-seat addition to Valleyview Secondary, set to open in September 2022.
In the last three years, the Province has announced more than $2.2 billion for 109 school capital projects, including nearly $760 million to create 13,280 student seats at new and expanded schools in fast-growing communities throughout British Columbia. To further keep up with enrolment growth, government has invested $211 million to purchase 14 sites for future schools since September 2017.
Budget 2020 includes a record $2.8 billion for seismic upgrades and replacements, new and expanded schools, and land purchases for future schools.
Further details can be found at https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021EDUC0005-000121