VERNON – Students, parents and teachers at Okanagan Landing Elementary school in Vernon will see a revamped and refreshed school thanks to $1.44 million going to School District 22 under the province’s School Enhancement Program.

The project is Phase 2 of a complete mechanical system replacement – ground source heat pump.

The School Enhancement Program is improving 80 schools across every district this year. Districts applied to the Ministry of Education this spring and successful projects were chosen based on need and priority.

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.

“The School Enhancement Program is another example of how students in our communities benefit from B.C.’s balanced budget,” Vernon-Monashee MLA Eric Foster said. “Okanagan Landing Elementary School will receive much-needed improvements as a result of this funding.”

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.