Gabriola Elementary getting $90K HVAC upgrade

Sounder News

Wednesday, March 11 2020

New Democrat MLAs Sheila Malcolmson and Doug Routley say students in Nanaimo and Ladysmith are going to see more green, efficient and safe learning spaces thanks to $1.34 million in provincial funding for school upgrade projects in Nanaimo-Ladysmith School Division (SD68). 

Dale Burgos, Executive Director of Communications with Nanaimo-Ladysmith schools said the school division has $90,000 from those monies earmarked for Gabriola Elementary School to upgrade the HVAC system.

The current HVAC at the school runs on a combination of oil and propane - the upgrade will make the school HVAC run solely on propane.

Sheila Malcomson, MLA for Nanaimo said, “We want the best learning environment possible, so our government is investing in children and teachers here. When students succeed, everyone benefits.”

Doug Routley, MLA for Nanaimo-North Cowichan said, “Under the BC Liberals we saw schools in our community close at an alarming rate, and vital maintenance projects put on hold. Our government is making different choices by investing in important upgrades that help ensure our students have a safe and comfortable learning environment.”

In all, the $1.34 million will go towards the following projects: School Enhancement Program for John Barsby Secondary and Ladysmith Secondary; Dust collection system upgrades for Park Avenue Elementary; Building Envelope Project for Dover Bay Secondary.  

These funding programs are part of a $217.7-million investment under the Annual Facilities Grant (AFG), School Enhancement Program, Carbon Neutral Capital Program, Building Envelope Program and Bus Acquisition Program, to ensure students have well-maintained learning environments and bus services that are safe, comfortable and efficient.

New GES Playground construction to start over 2020 Spring Break

Funded through the provincial government’s Playground Equipment Program, the Gabriola Elementary School will be installing a new accessible playground. Construction will be started over the 2020 Spring Break. 

Portions of the old playground will be removed by SD68 staff, in preparation for the installation of new accessible playground features.

The provincial government announced the $105,000 in funding for the new GES playground equipment in March of 2019. Since then, District representatives have been consulting with GES staff and parents to plan out what equipment to purchase and where to install it.