Saturday, Sept 16, 2017 

SD33 News

Learning Curve

New elementary school to serve south end of Tyson Road
By Donna Vogel, SD33

 

An overview of the location of the new school. Google satellite image.

 

he Chilliwack Board of Education is pleased that the District has finalized the purchase of a site for a new south side school. This 12.4 acre parcel of land at the end of Tyson Road, just north of the Vedder River, would be an ideal location for a new school, with plenty of room for a large building, playing fields and parking.

Chilliwack is a rapidly growing community and school district, with an increasingly greater need for student instructional spaces. In its five-year capital plan, the Chilliwack School District has prioritized the construction of a large new elementary/middle school on the south side of Chilliwack to help alleviate the significant capacity issues in all of the schools in the District.

The provincial government is supportive of the purchase and has provided $2.15 million in funding support for the property acquisition. The district has been asked to submit a business case for the new school to the Ministry of Education this fall and is hopeful it will receive approval for the project. The school district also continues to make the case for additions to G.W. Graham Middle-Secondary and Chilliwack Secondary schools. The Board has invited The Honourable Rob Fleming, Minister of Education, to tour the Chilliwack School District, and to discuss the districtís capacity needs and financial support from the province for new instructional spaces.

"This is great news for our Board and our partners in education. Acquiring the Tyson Road property brings us one step closer to a new school on the South Side. We are making significant investments that are critical to the future of our school district," said Board Chair Paul McManus.


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