LANGLEY – Six schools in School District 35 will be able to proceed with routine capital projects, thanks to $275,850 in provincial funding. These improvements will help provide healthy, safe and modern learning environments.

Five schools are receiving $126,350 to replace exterior lighting with new LED fixtures to increase energy efficiency and increase visibility and safety. Phase one of this project is expected to begin this year and finish by spring 2016, with phase two slated for early summer of 2016. The schools are:

  • Betty Gilbert Middle School
  • D. Stafford Middle School
  • W. Poppy Secondary School
  • Brookswood Secondary School
  • E. Mountain Secondary School

As well, Langley Fine Arts School is receiving $149,500 to improve lighting efficiency with anticipated savings of $21,000 per year. Work is expected to begin this year and finish by spring 2016.

“These simple replacements will improve energy efficiency and increase visibility and safety for students while also saving significant money for these schools,” Langley MLA Mary Polak said.

“By continuing to invest in our schools, we are extending their useful life and creating a healthier and modern learning environment,” Fort Langley-Aldergrove MLA Rich Coleman said.

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

Quick Facts:

  • Since 2002, the ministry has invested $4.2 billion in new and improved schools, including $2.2 billion in seismic upgrades. This has resulted in 112 new schools, 186 schools with increased classroom space and 146 seismically upgraded schools.
  • Boards of education submit capital plans to the ministry that include details on school building priorities in their school districts.
  • The provincial government establishes an overall capital budget for schools based the ministry’s capital allocation.

To learn more about Capital Planning within the Ministry of Education, please visit: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/education-training/administration/resource-management/capital-planning