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As Surrey and White Rock continue to grow by about 10,000 people per year, the Surrey School District works continually to plan and build additional classroom space, particularly in popular neighbourhoods where the rapid population growth is putting extreme pressure on our schools.
We're excited as we watch Surrey's newest secondary school take shape. Salish Secondary is set to open next fall, providing space for 1,500 students and taking pressure off Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary and Clayton Heights Secondary, which have been over capacity for many years.
Several other building projects are also in the works, including a 200-student addition at École Woodward Hill Elementary, two new elementary schools in the Clayton area, a large addition to Sullivan Heights Secondary and a new secondary school in the Grandview Heights neighbourhood of South Surrey. See the November 2017 list of Active Capital Projects for details.
Many other new schools, additions, school replacements and land purchases are requested in the Surrey Board of Education's Five-year Capital Plan that is submitted to the provincial government for funding approval.
The newly established Capital Project Office, tasked with expediting much-needed building projects, has also been hard at work. See the November 2017 Capital Project Office Update.
The process of building new schools and new classroom space can be complex and lengthy. To better understand what's involved, we invite you to view this video: