Ministry ranks PRMS replacement as high priority
Replacing the half-century old Prince Rupert Middle School has been rated as a high priority for the British Columbian Ministry of Education.
Prince Rupert's school district requested $23 million of funding from the ministry's capital project funding budget last year, and while the district receiving funding is left to be seen, the board of education was happy about the rating.
"It's very encouraging to hear the Ministry of Education agrees that the replacement of PRMS is a high priority. We will continue to work with the ministry to help them make the decision to move forward with this project," said Tina Last, board chair.
PRMS has been ranked as a significant concern in the ministry's capital funding budget previously, but for it's seismic rating. This time around the school is being considered a high priority because of it's aging systems that need replacing in the general category of funding.
Enrolment numbers at PRMS are not expected to decrease in the coming years, which could contribute to the likeliness of the district receiving funding.
The amount the Ministry of Education will be giving away is unknown at this time.