School District 69 will receive $1.3 million for boilers, buses and classroom supplies.

School District 69 will receive $1.3 million for boilers, buses and classroom supplies.

$1.3 M for SD 69 buses, boiler, classroom equipment

Four new buses, transformer and boiler replacemen

School District 69 (Qualicum) is getting $1.3 million in capital project spending and classroom supplies.

A Ministry of Education news release details the funding, most of which is annual capital funding in reaction to project submissions from the district.

The replacement of a boiler and electrical transformer will account for $576,150, according to the press release, affecting Springwood Elementary and Ballenas Secondary Schools.

Another $566,690 goes toward four new school buses for the district.

Ron Amos, SD69 secretary-treasurer, said the district is pleased with the capital funding it received this year. Typically school districts submit a list of capital projects needing funding, and the province funds the most needed projects, he said.

“Ultimately we will continue to bring these other capital projects forward, but we are please with what we’ve gotten,” he said.

However, the remaining $208,297 of the $1.3 million is one-time funding, says the press release. The money, intended for classroom tools and supplies like textbooks, lab equipment and art supplies, is expected to help reduce costs for parents and help teachers deliver B.C.’s new curriculum.

Across the province, a total of $27.4 million is going towards this one-time Student Learning Grant.

— With files from the

Ministry of Education