2700 spacesSurrey: As the City of Surrey continues to grow, Premier Christy Clark has announced funding for up to 2,700 new student spaces for Surrey schools to provide students with new classrooms and help tackle the rapidly growing need for schools in the fastest growing community in B.C.

The announcement includes nearly $100 million to fund six priority projects in Surrey:

Up to 600 new student seats with rapid expansion projects at Sullivan, Woodward Hill and Panorama Park elementary schools to start this summer and be ready for students when classes start in fall 2017;

1,500 seat Grandview Heights Secondary expected to start in 2017 and be complete by the end of 2020;

605 seat Clayton North Elementary expected to start in 2017 and be complete by the end of 2019; and,

The purchase of land for a future new elementary school in Port Kells.

“Families are making a choice to call Surrey home – and that’s driving incredible growth along with our strong economy,” Premier Clark said. “We’ve worked together with the Surrey school district to identify key projects and move them ahead quickly to make sure as many classrooms as possible are built for Surrey families and students.”

The total budget for the six school projects is $99.5 million. The province will contribute $74.2 million and the Surrey school district will contribute $25.3 million towards the new schools and classroom additions.

Today’s announcement builds on the 1,870 seats already under construction in Surrey. This work includes the new Clayton North Secondary and additions at Adams Road, Morgan and Rosemary Heights Elementary schools.

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