Langley’s school district gets building and bus bundle

The province has announced additional funding for buildings, maintenance and transportation.

Langley public schools will be getting $1.6 million for upgrades at some of its schools.

The provincial government announced $82.5 million in new funding to be split between districts.

The funds come from various programs including the School Bus Replacement Program. The School Enhancement Program is for buildings and mechanical systems. The Carbon Neutral Capital Program funds energy-efficient upgrades.

The Langley School District will receive $900,00 for flooring at D.W. Poppy secondary and boiler upgrades at Langley Meadows Elementary.

Under the School Bus Replacement Program, the district will get six new buses ($771,100).

“Students deserve to learn in schools that are well maintained and operating the way they should. That’s why we’ve boosted funding to these programs by more than $20 million over last year,” said Education Minister Rob Fleming. “We are supporting B.C. schools with this funding, so students, teachers and school district staff can focus their energy to where it matters most – in the classroom.”

The announcement did not include any carbon neutral program funds for this district.

Abbotsford’s school district will receive $2.32 million while Maple Ridge’s share is $1.61 million.

The funding programs build on the Annual Facilities Grant (AFG), which flows to districts annually for routine school maintenance costs. This year, the total AFG is $115.5 million, an increase of $5 million over last year. This is the first increase to the AFG since 2004/05, according to the provincial government.

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