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Richmond School District secures $94K for kitchen upgrades at schools

Appliance replacement, millwork, flooring and painting to be done during upgrades.
Richmond School District. Richmond News photo

The Richmond School District will get $94,000 to upgrade kitchens at three high schools - Hugh Boyd, Matthew McNair and R.C. Palmer secondary schools

The funding was announced by the Ministry of Education and Child Care last week, and will be used to upgrade kitchens in anticipation of upcoming expanded food programs, also funded by the ministry.

In April, the province announced the Richmond School District was to receive $2.37 million as part of the Feeding Futures program.

The district found that kitchen upgrades were needed in order to implement the expanded food programs.

The $94,000 will be used to replace appliances and do work such as millwork, flooring and painting.

Upgrades are expected to be completed by the end of March.

Meanwhile, the board of education is asking the Ministry of Education for another $210,000 to upgrade kitchens at eight high schools and seven elementary schools.

There appears to be an overlap in the list of high schools listed - some of those on the request list for next year were on the approved list sent by the ministry in September.

Upgrades at eight high schools would require $120,000.

Meanwhile, $90,000 is being requested for upgrades for kitchens at Whiteside, DeBeck, Gilmore, Anderson, Blair, General Currie and Kingswood elementary schools.

Of the $2.37 million for the Feeding Futures program, Richmond schools have received an “initial allocation” of funds for nutrition programs such as breakfast and lunch clubs and snack cupboards for students, said David Sadler, spokesperson for the Richmond School District.

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