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Two more Surrey schools will be getting seismic upgrades, thanks to a funding commitment from the province.
Government and district officials were at Holly Elementary Sept. 3 for the announcement of a combined $21.4 million to upgrade both Holly and George Greenaway Elementary schools. Both schools have a high seismic risk rating and require upgrading to ensure students will be safe in a major earthquake.
"This is great news for Surrey families, who will soon have the comfort of knowing their children's schools will be able to stand up to an earthquake for decades to come," said Minister of Education Rob Fleming. "Our government is working hard to give every student the best learning experience possible in safe environments, and this is one of the results of that work."
The projects are expected to start next summer and be complete by fall 2021. Students will remain on site while the work is done at both schools, and temporary classrooms (portables) will be brought in.
"We all know construction projects have an impact on the day-to-day activities of the school," said Surrey Board of Education vice-chair Terry Allen (pictured at right). "So in advance, I thank the staff, students and parents here at Holly Elementary – as well as George Greenaway Elementary – for your patience as this important work proceeds."
He said minimizing the impact as much as possible will be a priority for staff and contractors, who will work closely with school administration to ensure that happens.
A seismic upgrade was also recently completed at Bear Creek Elementary, and one at Mary Jane Shannon Elementary is underway.