NOTE: A list of schools receiving capital repairs follows this release.
Forty-nine schools across the province are receiving upgrades, repairs and improvements this year as part of an expanded capital repairs program.
In December 2013, the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development announced it would increase capital repairs funding by $9 million, for a total of $15 million, for smaller projects such as window replacements and roof repairs.
School boards have been notified of the schools that have been approved for capital repairs funding and are preparing to move forward with renovations as soon as possible.
“This year we have increased the funding for capital repairs to address smaller projects across Nova Scotia that will improve our schools for years to come,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey. “It is important students learn in a well-maintained, safe and healthy environment, and these projects will ensure just that.”
At J.L. Ilsley High School in Halifax, capital repairs include renovations to replace portions of the roof, replace windows, repair paving and make improvements to the main entrance.
“The reinvestment in J.L. Ilsley is much needed,” said principal Gordon McKelvie. “Having also been a student and teacher at this school, I’m ecstatic this money has been allocated to begin renovations. This announcement will be well received by the entire community.”
Capital repairs projects include roof repairs, window replacements, gym improvements, paving, upgrades to a skilled trades classroom, and creating community resource spaces. All capital repairs projects must represent improvements being made to school infrastructure and must have a budget between $150,000 and $1 million to be eligible.