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The Ministry of Education has announced that seismic upgrades will be underway shortly at Prince Charles Elementary and Queen Elizabeth Secondary, making both schools safer for students and staff.
"The health and safety of our staff and students is always our first priority," said Surrey Board of Education Chair Laurie Larsen. "We are very grateful for this investment. These seismic upgrades will ensure both schools can continue being safe learning environments for our communities."
"This is exciting and welcome news for both parents and students," said Surrey DPAC President Lakhbir Johal. "All of our schools should be safe environments in the event of an emergency. We are eager for the work to be started and hope other schools that require seismic upgrades will be looked at as well."
The B.C. government has provided $11.82 million for the upgrades at Prince Charles Elementary and $13.83 million for those at Queen Elizabeth Secondary. Both projects are scheduled for completion in fall 2022.
Construction is anticipated to begin in the next few weeks, and students will be able to continue learning in the classroom while upgrades are underway.
Over the past four years, nearly $450 million has been invested in 26 major projects in Surrey, including new schools and additions, seismic upgrades and land purchases.