The B.C. government is investing $5.28 million for five new modular classrooms to replace part of Babine Elementary-Secondary.
Nechako Lakes MLA John Rustad and Nechako Lakes Board Chair Steve Davis announced the project in Granisle last Friday (see page 3).
“The Babine Elementary-Secondary school replacement has been a high priority for me,” said Rustad.
“I know the installation of new modular classroom space means a great deal to Granisle and Tachet reserve families, and I’m delighted that students will be educated in a safe and bright learning environment,” he said.
The project is part of the B.C. government’s $16.91-million modular school pilot program to renew aging infrastructure in rural B.C., said a recent press release.
Opened in 1967, Babine Elementary-Secondary enrols 33 students kindergarden to grade 12.
With declining enrolment and a deteriorating building, newly designed modular classrooms were determined to be the best solution to revitalize the local school.
The classrooms will continue to work for students kindergarden to grade 12 and will have a bright, open design with high ceilings and windows to allow in lots of natural light.
Modular classrooms are a more permanent solution than portables and have a 40-year life span.
Besides the Babine school, the B.C. government is also funding modular classrooms in Nicola-Similkameen and Prince George to give new, modern learning environments for students in small communities.