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New South Surrey elementary school ‘moving forward’

Grandview Heights Secondary also getting additional space: ministry
The business case for an addition to Grandview Heights Secondary is moving forward, education ministry’s announced Friday (March 1, 2024). (File photo)

A new elementary school and an addition to Grandview Heights Secondary are on the horizon for South Surrey.

Announced Friday morning (March 1), Education Minister Rachna Singh promised the additional space for Grandview – a school that just opened in 2021 – as well as a new elementary school in the Darts Hill area.

“Our school district has been growing at a very rapid pace, averaging over 2,400 new students annually in the past two years,” Laurie Larsen, chair of the Surrey school board said in a press release.

“This level of growth underscores the urgent need for investments like this in new schools and expansions. We are very appreciative that these two projects can now move ahead to the business planning phase, and we look forward to continuing to work with the Province to further increase capacity in our district.”

The investment comes as part of the budget for 2024, which includes $3.75 billion in funding for school capital projects over the next three years across the province, the release states.

The additional space is being “supported to begin planning,” meaning the district can develop a business case for both locations, which will then be taken to the provincial government. Projects proceed to design and construction “following funding approval.”

Other school sites are under construction for more space, including Semiahmoo Trail and South Meridian Elementaries and new schools Snokomish and Ta’talu Elementaries are also under construction, with the latter nearing completion.

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