CHILLIWACK – Students, parents and teachers at Vedder Middle School in the Chilliwack School District (SD 33) will see a revamped and refreshed school thanks to $164,500 going to the district under the province’s School Enhancement Program.

In SD 33, Vedder Middle School will receive an electrical upgrade, extending the life of the school.

“We are continuing to invest in our schools to create a more modern learning environment for students,” Chilliwack MLA John Martin said. “Routine upgrades improve the operational efficiency of the building so it can be used for years to come.”

The province’s $45 million School Enhancement Program is helping to improve schools with 80 projects across every school district this year. Districts applied to the Ministry of Education this spring, and successful projects were chosen based on need, priority and supporting student learning. 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. As a result of B.C.’s fiscal discipline and its balanced budget, the government is able to support key investments like the School Enhancement Program.