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B.C. puts $67.6 million toward new Coquitlam school and Lower Mainland classroom expansions

JOC News Service
B.C. puts $67.6 million toward new Coquitlam school and Lower Mainland classroom expansions

COQUITLAM, B.C. – The province of British Columbia is providing $67.6 million for a new 403-seat elementary school on Sheffield Ave. in Burke Mountain, located in Coquitlam, B.C.

The government will also put $8.4 million towards 150 new seats at Dr. Charles Best Secondary, $6.2 million for Panorama Heights Elementary for 90 new seats and 150 seats at Westwood Elementary with $5.7 million in funding.

“The new Sheffield Avenue elementary school and 390 additional spaces at three other Coquitlam schools are part of our government’s work to deliver better education for every student in B.C.,” said Premier John Horgan. “These new student seats will help provide the positive, engaging and inspiring environments children need to have the best learning experience possible,” B.C. premier John Horgan said.

The Coquitlam School District will put an additional $5 million towards the Burke Mountain school, which has a total budget of $52.3 million and is expected to open in 2021. The expansions Panorama Heights and Dr. Charles Best Secondary are also slated for 2021, with Westwood Elementary expansion complete by 2020.

“School District 43 (Coquitlam) is very appreciative of the funding to build another elementary school for the families of Burke Mountain. The support of the provincial government in adding school facilities in this fast-growing community shows a real commitment to quality education for all students,” Coquitlam Board of Education chair Barb Hobson said.

“Enrolment has grown in Coquitlam since 2007, but only one new elementary school was built in the last decade. When students are in modern classrooms, not portables, they are more successfully engaged with their studies,” B.C. minister of education Rob Fleming said in a statement.

Since late 2017, the provincial government has announced 935 new student seats in the Coquitlam School District and 7,430 in other communities throughout B.C. with $1.1 billion in funding for school capital projects including new schools, expansions, land purchases and seismic upgrades. The Coquitlam School District has also received $24.3 million from B.C.’s seismic mitigation program to replace Irvine Elementary.

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