NANAIMO, B.C. — Construction has begun on a classroom expansion project for Nanaimo’s Hammond Bay Elementary.
The $15.8-million project will add 12 classrooms to the school. The project is expected to be finished next spring.
The classrooms will increase the school’s capacity by 295 students and reduce enrolment pressure at neighbouring schools.
“Students and staff deserve to spend their days in positive, engaging and inspiring classrooms that give them the best chance to thrive at school,” said Jennifer Whiteside, minister of education, in a statement. “Our government is taking action to ensure students in fast-growing communities have the school space they need to succeed in their education. I’m so pleased to see that more students and staff at Hammond Bay Elementary can look forward to better learning environments very soon.”
The province also is spending more than $18 million on seismic upgrades at Pleasant Valley and Cilaire elementary schools in Nanaimo. Construction is expected to be underway on the upgrades this June. Work is planned for completion in September 2022.