LANGLEY, B.C. — Work is set to begin on a partial seismic replacement at Langley’s Vanguard Secondary school.
The province intends to spend $3.7 million on the replacement at the school which will also add two new classrooms and a multipurpose room to the school’s main building. Officials explained Vanguard is unique in the Langley School District as it offers programs that support students with developmental and generational traumas. Construction will start in June 2022 and finish in spring 2023. Students will be able to remain on site throughout construction.
The Government of B.C. will also spend $42.1 million for the school district to acquire land in the Smith neighbourhood for a future middle and secondary school, with the school district chipping in an additional $4.5 million for the land deal.
“This is a fantastic first step in creating new learning spaces to help meet demand in one of the fastest-growing neighbourhoods in Langley,” said Rod Ross, chair of the Langley Board of Education, in a statement. “The board is grateful to our partner and is looking forward to working with the Ministry of Education and Child Care on beginning the process to build new schools on the site to help our current and future students reach their full potential.”
Officials say future schools will provide additional space and help the school district keep up with forecast population growth.
“Langley is one of the fastest-growing municipalities in the province. Investments like the purchase of land in the Smith neighbourhood are important to ensure that our growing communities have sufficient space for students,” said Megan Dykeman, MLA for Langley East. “It is also wonderful to see seismic upgrades moving forward at Vanguard Secondary so that students and staff have a safer place to learn and work.”
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