(Pleasant Valley Elementary School/Google Maps)

Three elementary schools in Nanaimo are scheduled to undergo extensive construction after the provincial government announced millions of dollars in investments for seismic upgrades and expansions.

A total of $18.8 million is earmarked for Cilaire and Pleasant Valley elementary schools in Nanaimo to get seismic upgrades.

This funding includes the cost of renovating Rutherford Elementary school and Woodlands Secondary school which will be used as temporary accommodations to speed up seismic projects in the Nanaimo-Ladysmith School District.

Additionally, construction is also set to begin on a $15.9-million expansion at Hammond Bay Elementary school that will add 295 seats to the school district.

“Parents deserve the comfort of knowing their children will be protected at school if an earthquake were to impact Vancouver Island,” said Rob Fleming, Minister of Education.

“That’s why we’re moving at record speed to upgrade schools in Nanaimo and throughout B.C, continuing our work to ensure every student can attend a seismically safe school.”

While construction is under way, students at Pleasant Valley will be relocated to Rutherford Elementary, while Cilaire students will attend Woodlands school.

Transportation to and from their schools will be provided to all students.

Construction will begin at both schools in June 2021, and work is expected to be completed by September 2022.