POUCE COUPE, B.C. — More classroom space is on the way for students in Pouce Coupe, B.C.
The province announced plans to build a two-classroom addition with space for 45 students at Pouce Coupe Elementary.
“For students and families in rural communities with just one school, it’s especially important to make sure there is enough classroom space to give every child a place to learn,” said Jennifer Whiteside, minister of education, in a statement. “That’s why we worked together with the Peace River South board of education to find a long-term solution for families in Pouce Coupe.”
The province and the Peace River South School District will each contribute up to $1.56 million for the addition at Pouce Coupe Elementary, for a total project budget cap of $3.12 million.
Construction is scheduled to start this summer with the goal of having new classrooms ready for students at the beginning of the 2021-22 school year.
“We look forward to seeing the students of Pouce Coupe Elementary back together again under one roof in an expanded facility that will continue to support student success,” said Chad Anderson, chair of the Peace River South board of education. “The board of education of School District 59 values our partnership with the Ministry of Education in funding this important expansion.”
The school was constructed in 2008 as a partnership between the Village of Pouce Coupe and the Peace River South School District.
Once completed, the addition will eliminate the need for the two portables currently in use at the school.