B.C. Premier Christy Clark has announced nearly $100 million funding for six projects to create room for more students in Surrey schools.
The funding aims to create up to 2,700 new student spaces in Surrey’s already-packed classrooms, as the fastest growing community in B.C.
In a release on Friday, Clark said the move was driven by the number of families choosing to call Surrey home, which she attributed to B.C.’s strong economy.
Meanwhile, Shawn Wilson, Surrey Board of Education chair, thanked students, staff and parents for their enormous patience while they secured the funding.
“I’m happy to say our board earlier invested in hiring architects and taking initial steps for construction of the new school sites so we would be ready to launch these projects; we’re ready to go.”
The six projects break down as follows:
- Up to 600 new seats for Sullivan, Woodward Hill and Panorama Park elementary schools, with work expected to start this summer, to be ready when classes start in fall 2017.
- 1,500 more seats for Grandview Heights Secondary, with work expected to start in 2017 and be complete by the end of 2020.
- 605 more seats for Clayton North Elementary, with work expected to start in 2017 and be complete by the end of 2019.
- The purchase of land for a future new elementary school in Port Kells.
The province is contributing $74.2 million to the projects’ total budget of $99.5 million; the Surrey school district will provide the rest.