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B.C. adds funds to school expansion in Surrey, moving students out of portables

Last Updated Apr 18, 2019 at 11:10 am PDT

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The province has announced $9.6 million in additional funding to upgrade Surrey's Sullivan Heights Elementary

The expansion will add room for 200 students, moving them out of portables and into classrooms

SURREY – The provincial government has announced $9.6 million in additional funding for the long-awaited expansion of a Surrey elementary school.

Premier John Horgan and Education Minister Rob Fleming made the announcement Thursday at Sullivan Heights Elementary in southeastern Surrey.

The funds are in addition to a $1.5-million contribution from the Surrey School District and $3.9 million that was pledged by the previous Liberal government in 2016 but not spent because construction did not begin.

“This 200-seat addition will move kids out of portables and into classrooms, and provide a better environment to give them the learning opportunities they need to succeed,” Horgan says.

He explains work on the entire $15-million addition is now underway and is expected to be completed by September 2020.

The expansion will include a larger gym and library, as well as eight more classrooms to replace existing portables.

Horgan says his government has committed $1 billion to education since being sworn in and has made education a cornerstone.

According to the province, the B.C. government has approved more than $220-million in investments in Surrey schools for things like expansions, seismic upgrades, and land purchases.