Errington Elementary School driveway project on hold

Qualicum School District 69 awaits approval from the Ministry of Education

Work on a proposed $200,000 driveway and turnaround improvement project at Errington Elementary School remains stalled as School District 69 awaits approval from the province and the Ministry of Education, the Board of Education learned last week at its regular monthly meeting in Parksville.

The $200,000 capital project, designed to alleviate congestion in the dead-end approach to the new Errington School, was approved by trustees in April. But it is dependent upon a land swap of Crown Land, with the district returning land at the old school site for access to property adjacent to the new school.

“It depends when the government finishes their process,” board chair Eve Flynn said in response to a question from the audience during the June 28 meeting. “They’re still out doing what we have almost mirrored in talking to First Nations, neighbours, posting signs declaring our intent and interest. The last step is getting approval from the ministry and crown land to say, yes, you can do it.”

Flynn cautioned that even if approval is forthcoming soon, the Island’s Level 4 drought status may make it impossible to log trees slated for removal in the project.

“It’s sort of a domino effect of nature, weather, government and really, we just have to go with it when it happens,” said Flynn.

Reserve fund tapped

The board agreed to use up to $300,000 from the district’s operating surplus to cover a shortfall in funding for ongoing boiler replacement projects at Bowser and Nanoose Bay elementary schools and to support IT infrastructure upgrades at five school sites.

The shortfall on the three boiler projects was only $98,174 of the request. But secretary-treasurer Ron Amos said approving the surplus draw at this time, with support from the Annual Facilities Grant, could shorten the planned $850,000 IT infrastructure upgrade to five years.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Parksville man arrested after stabbing incident at makeshift camp near city mall

Oceanside RCMP report 28-year-old man taken into custody without incident

Three active COVID-19 cases on Vancouver Island

Since July 24, Central island has had five new cases, North one, South none

Qualicum Beach councillor files court petition against the town

Official says response to Walker’s petition will be filed

One dead as fish boat sinks off southern Vancouver Island

Shawnigan Lake-registered Arctic Fox II went down off Cape Flattery, west of Victoria

42 more people test positive for COVID-19 in B.C.

The province has recorded no new deaths in recent days

Joe Biden selects California Sen. Kamala Harris as running mate

Harris and Biden plan to deliver remarks Wednesday in Wilmington

Man, 54, charged in connection with fatal attack of Red Deer doctor

Doctor was killed in his walk-in clinic on Monday

Canucks ride momentum into NHL playoff series against defending Stanley Cup champs

PREVIEW: Vancouver opens against St. Louis on Wednesday

Landlord takes front door, windows after single B.C. mom late with rent

Maple Ridge mom gets help from community generosity and government

Lawsuit launched after Florida child handcuffed, booked and briefly jailed

Suit alleges “deliberate indifference” to what should have been handled as a behavioural issue

Russia approves vaccine, Putin hopes to begin mass production

Critic calls decision to proceed without thorough testing ‘dangerous and grossly immoral’

Most Read