The provincial government has doled out several millions of dollars to make repairs at schools around the province, but not one on the list is from Vancouver.
Education Minister Mike Bernier says the cash is for replacing roofs, heating upgrades and better water quality.
“We were trying to ensure that we were able to spread the funds around the entire province as best as possible.”
School board chair Fraser Ballantine says Vancouver has the largest differed maintenance costs in B.C., especially for things like seismic upgrades, but…
“I’m not going to have a hissy fit because we missed out on two million or three million dollars. The bigger picture is that we’re doing our very best as Vancouver trustees to get our schools to be as safe as they can be, as soon as they can be.”
The $35 million is to be split between 109 schools.
Trustee Stacy Robertson says he’s very disappointed and that the idea that Vancouver’s projects didn’t have the same need as other districts isn’t a credible answer.
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