FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Province of British Columbia has committed up to $30.8 million to a new school in Fort St. John, B.C.
The two-storey facility, temporarily named Northeast Elementary, will address a growing population in the city, which has seen more than 600 births each year since 2012, indicates a press release.
The school will include a neighbourhood learning centre with child care, before and after school care and multi-purpose spaces for community use.
Once the school is built, the Peace River North School District will select a permanent name for the facility.
The school district will contribute $300,000 to the project, with construction scheduled to begin in summer 2019 and the school set to open in fall 2021 with 505 spaces for students ranging from kindergarten to Grade 6.
“Our district has been challenged with space pressures for some time, and we’re glad to begin work on this second innovative learning space, situated in the northeast side of the city,” said Peace River North School Board deputy chair Jaret Thompson in a statement.