The province announced a $64.6 million project to add a brand-new high school and additions to three elementary schools in Surrey. The plan also includes the possibility of trades training opportunities for students.
The $55-million secondary school will be in the Clayton North area. The ministry and board have been discussing plans for the new secondary school since the Province announced its support for the project in February 2013. It will have capacity for 1,500 grades 8-12 students to alleviate enrolment pressures − particularly at Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary, which is currently over its capacity.
Construction of the new secondary school will start in spring 2015 with completion in early 2017.
Details of the new school, including specific programs and features, will be determined when the project agreements are finalized. The Surrey school district provides many trades training courses to secondary students. As such, the district will explore the possibility of creating trades training opportunities and programs at the new school, in partnership with post-secondary institutions and industry stakeholders. The government launched the B.C.'s Skills for Jobs Blueprint: Re-engineering Education and Training earlier this year to give students a head-start to hands-on learning.
Also, a total of 16 classrooms with capacity for 370 students will be added to the three elementary schools, Adams Road Elementary, Rosemary Heights and Morgan. These facilities are currently over their capacity and student enrolment is expected to continue to increase in the future. The additions, once constructed, will address the need for more student space. Construction of the additions is scheduled to start this fall with completion in fall 2015.
The total budget for the four school projects is $64.6 million, including $55 million for the new secondary school and $9.4 million for the three additions. Under the agreements, the Province will contribute $45.6 million and the school district will contribute $19 million. The ministry and the Surrey board of education will finalize the project agreements in the next few weeks.