Ministry allocates $750,000 to upgrade Esquimalt High

The Ministry of Education is kicking $750,000 to make upgrades to the exterior of Esquimalt High School.

  • Oct. 6, 2015 9:00 a.m.

The Ministry of Education is kicking $750,000 to make upgrades to the exterior of Esquimalt High School.

The ministry’s building envelope project began in 2001, the province has invested more than $56 million in school building envelope remediation for schools built between 1985 and 2000 that may have experienced water leakage.

“There’s been a lot of issues with the school. It’s going to be much more healthier and safe environment for our students at Esquimalt,” said board chair Edith Loring-Kuanaha. “We’ve been waiting a long time for this and we’re very happy the government finally came through with funding for that.”

As part of the project, upgrades will be done to the exterior of the theatre and band rooms (which were built between 1985 and 2000) to replace the stucco finish, windows and doors.

“It benefits the building performance. There will be additional insulation and less heat loss as a result of the upgrade,” said Ross Walker, supervisor of construction with the school district.

Walker doesn’t expect the upgrades to disrupt classes.

Principal Tammy Renyard said the school appreciates the funding and it looking forward to its completion.

Over the summer, the school upgraded its boilers to energy-efficient boilers and replaced the original single-pane windows and installed new energy-efficient ones.

The project is expected to begin in fall and be completed by the end of the school year.

As part of the ministry’s building envelope project, 128 schools across the province are eligible for upgrades.