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Work is getting underway to increase capacity at Adams Road Elementary, the first of three expansion projects at elementary schools in Surrey.
The $9.4 million expansion projects at Adams Road, Morgan and Rosemary Heights will add 370 new student spaces when they are completed.
Shawn Wilson, chairperson of the Surrey Board of Education, joined Education Minister and Surrey-Fleetwood MLA Peter Fassbender and Surrey-Cloverdale MLA Stephanie Cadieux for the groundbreaking ceremony at Adams Road.
“Trustees are glad for more progress in addressing our district’s significant growth challenges and we know the Adams Road school community is thrilled construction is getting underway,” says Wilson. “Our board thanks the Adams Road students, staff and parents for their patience, as well as the school communities of Morgan and Rosemary Heights elementary schools.” (Surrey Board of Education chairperson Shawn Wilson (left) and Education Minister Peter Fassbender (centre) meet Adams Road Elementary students)
The 10-classroom addition that will provide 40 new kindergarten student spaces and 200 new elementary student spaces at Adams Road, increasing the school’s total capacity from 290 to 530.
The addition will be two storeys high and have eight elementary school classrooms in addition to a central space so teachers and students can work together. Using the same architectural design as the school, large windows will provide natural light to the second-storey classroom and project area. Two kindergarten classrooms will be located on the main floor.
Construction is scheduled to begin this summer and is expected to be complete by August 2016.
The Surrey Board of Education is contributing $19 million — about 30 per cent — of the total construction costs for a new secondary school in the North Clayton area and the three elementary school expansions. The funding comes from the school district’s local funds ($4.6 million) and restricted capital account ($14.4 million), which include proceeds from the sale of district properties, including the old Sunnyside Elementary school.