Blewett Elementary Expansion will not be going ahead

In an amendment to the Ministry of education’s Five-Year Capital Budget, it has been determined that Blewett Elementary School Expansion project approval has “not been approved to continue to business case development as the project does not meet the Ministry’s priorities for capital investment."

The reasons cited says Superintendent Perkins is, “Based on 10-year enrolment projections, the Ministry now recognizes that the school’s existing capacity meets the requirement for current and future enrolment and has made the decision to remove support for this project”.

Other projects were approved and include:

  • A new HVAC system at Mount Sentinel Secondary ($244,000)
  • Mechanical Upgrades to South Nelson Elementary ($850,000)
  • Electrical System Upgrades to Trafalgar Middle School ($400,000)
  • A new bus ($140,000)

“We are certainly pleased with the $1.634 million in Capital Expenditures we did receive and work on these projects is underway,” says Perkins. 


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Dr. Christine Perkins


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The Board of Education of School District No. 8 provides educational services to numerous diverse communities in the East & West Kootenays, including Crawford Bay, Creston, Kaslo, Meadow Creek, Nelson, Salmo, Slocan, South Slocan, Winlaw, Wynndel and Yahk. Its dedicated team focuses on providing the best possible educational opportunities for over 5,400 students and their families. Its mission is to focus on excellence for all learners in a nurturing environment.