LANGLEY – Students, parents and teachers at three schools in the Langley School District (SD 35) will see revamped and refreshed schools thanks to $102,604 going to the district under the province’s School Enhancement Program.

RC Garnett Demonstration Elementary School, Langley Meadows Community School, and Blacklock Fine Arts Elementary School are all receiving mechanical upgrades to replace outdated controls.

“Routine upgrades will modernize and increase the useful life of these schools,” Langley MLA Mary Polak said. “We continue to invest in our schools to ensure students are learning in a modern classroom environment.”

The province’s $45 million School Enhancement Program is helping to improve schools with 80 projects across every school district this year. Districts applied to the Ministry of Education this spring, and successful projects were chosen based on need, priority and supporting student learning. The projects have to be substantially complete by March 31, 2017.

This year’s $45-million School Enhancement Program builds on last year’s $35-million Routine Capital Program investment, which supported 109 school improvement projects throughout the province.

Budget 2016 provides $1.7 billion in capital funding over three years to replace aging facilities, build more student spaces in growing communities and improve seismic safety. As a result of B.C.’s fiscal discipline and its balanced budget, the government is able to support key investments like the School Enhancement Program.