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Oct 26
District showcases summer upgrades to schools

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Before and after photos a new wheelchair ramp at Colebrook Elementary, one of the many summer projects afforded by the Annual Facility Grant.


School was out for summer, but even without students and teachers, Surrey and White Rock schools were still busy with more than 150 building upgrade projects.

Every year, the Ministry of Education provides the district with an Annual Facility Grant (AFG) to fund various projects at school facilities. The District Facilities Centre (DFC) identifies, prioritizes and addresses ongoing building and site needs by replacing and upgrading systems and infrastructure to extend the life of our schools.

This summer, the district worked on 159 projects totalling $11.5 million, ranging from mechanical improvements to site servicing to keeping the energy-efficient lights on.

A total of 30 portables were moved to 25 different district sites over the summer, in an effort that included five district business support departments, four consultants, five DFC departments, seven contractors and roughly 100 personnel. Portables were also upgraded onsite at schools, including Clayton Heights Secondary, Georges Vanier Elementary and Ocean Cliff Elementary.

Woodland Park Elementary, Berkshire Park Elementary and South Meridian Elementary each received roof replacements, while Port Kells Elementary and Berkshire Elementary got a new coat of paint, with Port Kells also seeing the installation of a new set of stairs.

Colebrook Elementary started the school year with a new wheelchair ramp and East Kensington Elementary had some new gardening upgrades for the EKOLogy program.

Kennedy Trail Elementary received an asphalt upgrade, while Senator Reid Elementary’s playground was resurfaced and its border improved.

The ventilation systems for Clayton Heights Secondary, Bear Creek Elementary and Jessie Lee Elementary were also upgraded, and William Watson Elementary and Hyland Elementary saw boiler upgrades. Jessie Lee and Newton Elementary also had millwork projects to improve cubby areas for students.

The halls and gyms of Brookside Elementary, Fraserwood Elementary and Ocean Cliff Elementary have new LED lights for improved energy efficiency.

Enver Creek Secondary received a new gym divider wall and the gym floors at Earl Marriott Secondary, Elgin Park Secondary, Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary and Semiahmoo Secondary were all recoated.

The improvements were presented to the Surrey Board of Education at its October public meeting.

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