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Surrey Board of Education chairperson Laurie Larsen watches as a Pacific Heights Elementary student helps MLA Garry Begg with a computer coding exercise.
The day following her acclamation as the new Surrey Board of Education chairperson, trustee Laurie Larsen participated in a provincial government announcement of funding for a new elementary school in the Grandview Heights area, as well as a 12-classroom addition to Pacific Heights Elementary.
"It is truly a treat to be here to participate in this event, as it marks one of the most critical steps in our need to accommodate the new students and families coming to our district," said Larsen at the Dec. 7 announcement at Pacific Heights. "Our board requires government funding before we can
build the new schools and school additions needed for our growth."
She thanked the community for their patience, not only in waiting for the new space, but for the "inevitable inconveniences and frustrations" that will come with construction.
"The good news is, relief is in sight," Larsen said.
Construction is expected to begin at Pacific Heights in May 2018, with the new classrooms ready for students by September 2019. The new Grandview Heights elementary school is scheduled to open in the 2020-21 school year.