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B.C. government invests $21.4 million in Surrey school seismic upgrades

JOC News Service
B.C. government invests $21.4 million in Surrey school seismic upgrades

SURREY, B.C. – The province of British Columbia is putting up to $21.4 million towards seismic upgrades for Holly Elementary and George Greenaway Elementary schools, which together serve more than 1,000 students.

Both schools have a high seismic risk rating. Students will remain on-site while work is done on both projects with some temporary classrooms added to upgrade the schools efficiently. Work is scheduled to begin in 2020 and reach completion by 2021.

“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. 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,” provincial minister of education Rob Fleming said.

I’m glad to see the government’s commitment and progress to make our schools seismically safe through these latest projects.  I know this kind of work is unavoidably disruptive, so I thank our staff, students and parents at Holly and George Greenaway schools for their patience in advance while this important work is underway,” Surrey Board of Education chair Laurie Larsen said.

Since Sept. 2017 the provincial government has announced close to $250 million in capital investments in Surrey schools including new and expanded schools, land purchases for future schools in the region and seismic upgrades.

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