September, 2017
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Fastest-growing city gets more classroom space in time for back to school

Fastest-growing city gets more classroom space in time for back to school

schoolsBC’s fastest growing city has 380 new seats for students and another 1,500 on the way. Sixteen classrooms were added through the expansion projects at Adams Road, Morgan, and Rosemary Heights elementary schools to address the need for more student space due to growing enrolment.

With three elementary school expansion projects now complete and construction underway on a new secondary school in the Clayton North area, 380 new seats are ready for Surrey students and 1,500 more are on the way.

MLA for Surrey-Cloverdale, Stephanie Cadieux, and MLA for Surrey-Tynehead, Amrik Virk, were joined by the Surrey board of education, Surrey school district (SD 36) staff, teachers, parents and students at Adams Road Elementary to make the announcement today on behalf of Education Minister Mike Bernier.

Sixteen classrooms were added through the expansion projects at Adams Road, Morgan, and Rosemary Heights elementary schools to address the need for more student space due to growing enrolment.

The $5.6-million Adams Road Elementary project includes a new two-storey building with 10 classrooms that can accommodate 40 additional kindergarten and 200 elementary students. The addition has a central open space on each floor for collaborative learning and lots of natural light. As a result of this project, 285 students have been moved from the onsite portables and into the new classrooms.

The $2.3-million Morgan Elementary project includes four new classrooms that can accommodate 100 elementary students. The $1.5-million Rosemary Heights Elementary project includes two classrooms that can accommodate 40 kindergarten students.

In addition, work is underway on the new Salish Secondary school in the Clayton North area, formerly called Clayton North Secondary. The new school will feature state-of-the-art learning spaces to support B.C.’s new curriculum. The new secondary will hold 1,500 grade 8-12 students, which will help alleviate enrolment pressures − particularly at Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary. The new school is expected to be open and ready for students in fall 2018.

The total budget for the four school projects is $64.6 million, including $55.2 million for the Salish secondary and $9.4 million for the three additions. The Province contributed $45.6 million toward the projects and the Surrey school district contributed $19 million.

Stephanie Cadieux, MLA for Surrey-Cloverdale, said,I’m thrilled to see these important and necessary expansion projects complete and work underway for the new secondary in the Clayton North area. As a result, 380 new seats have been created for our community’s young learners and 1,500 are on the way. We will continue to work with the Surrey school district to create more school spaces in Surrey.”

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