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Surrey finishes school seismic upgrades

Surrey finishes school seismic upgrades
PROVINCE OF B.C. - A welcome sign hangs in Surrey’s Holly Elementary. It was one of two schools that recently underwent major seismic safety upgrades.

SURREY, B.C. – Major safety upgrades have wrapped at two Surrey elementary schools.

Officials announced that seismic upgrades have been completed at George Greenaway and Holly elementary schools, with several other school projects under construction.

The province contributed $21.4 million for seismic upgrades to George Greenaway and Holly elementary schools. Since September 2017, B.C. has funded six seismic upgrades in the Surrey School District.

The upgrades at George Greenaway and Holly Elementary schools are part of the province’s larger plan to improve schools.

Since 2017, 11 new or expanded schools have been completed in Surrey, including the new Edgewood Drive Elementary, opened in January 2021, and the 150-seat addition to Frost Road Elementary, opened in 2020. There are currently nine projects under construction for new and expanded schools in Surrey as enrolment grows. Over the past five years, the province has approved $475 million for new schools, expansions, upgrades and land purchases for schools in Surrey.

“Every child deserves to learn in a safe learning environment,” said Laurie Larsen, chair of the Surrey Board of Education. “The seismic upgrades at both George Greenaway and Holly Elementary schools are critical in ensuring the safety of our students in the event of an earthquake. The progress on both of these projects brings us closer to our goal of having all students in our district in seismically safe schools as soon as possible.”

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