Province invests nearly $716,000 to extend life of school in Clearwater

The project will see the decommissioning of outdated septic fields at Raft River Elementary

CLEARWATER – Raft River Elementary School in Clearwater will receive a new sewer system thanks to $715,900 going to School District 73 under the province’s School Enhancement Program.

The project will see the decommissioning of outdated septic fields and connecting the school sewer system to the municipal sewer system. Along with the provincial government’s $715,900 contribution, School District 73 is providing $140,000.

The province’s $45-million School Enhancement Program is improving 80 schools across every district this year. Districts applied to the Ministry of Education this spring, and successful projects were chosen based on need and priority.

“As a result of our government’s balanced budget, we are able to make significant investments in improving infrastructure in our schools,” Kamloops-North Thompson MLA Terry Lake said. “The School Enhancement Program is another example of how our government continues to put the well-being of B.C. students first.”

The projects have to be substantially complete by March 31, 2017.

This year’s $45-million School Enhancement Program builds on last year’s $35-million Routine Capital Program investment, which supported 109 school improvement projects throughout the province.

Budget 2016 provides $1.7 billion in capital funding over three years to replace aging facilities, build more student spaces in growing communities and improve seismic safety.