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REPORTING · 19th January 2011
Walter McFarlane
Coast Mountains School District 82 and the Parent Advisory Committee of Mount Elizabeth Secondary School received good news at the Regular Board Meeting on January 12th. Money for the multi purpose court renovation at Mount Elizabeth Secondary School had been approved by the Local Government Assessment Services which is a partnership between the BC School Trustees association and the Union of BC Municipalities.

The amount approved was $19,518 and is composed of two grants. In addition, $10,000 was approved by the same organization for upgrading the Kitchen at Bear Valley School in Stewart BC. The Board received both of these for information.

The estimated cost of the court renovation project is $123,858.56, with the highest expenses being drainage, paving, removing the old fences, installing new fences and HST. The original project was supposed to cost around $12,000 but the PAC underestimated the amount of work which needed to be done. Madelyn Robinson, Chair of the Mount Elizabeth PAK also applied for grants from Rio Tinto Alcan and Kitimat City Council.

The project itself is to renovate the 4 tennis courts into a multipurpose court with a Basketball court, out door ball hockey court and two tennis courts. “School gym classes would use this as a part of the physical education curriculum and they will need the room once the middle school concept is implemented in 2012,” wrote Robinson in her request to City Council.

Kitimat City Council voted to postpones their decision on funding this project for the upcoming budget 2011 meetings.