Langley/Victoria – A property purchase in Langley will lay the groundwork for a new elementary school for students and families in one of the province’s fastest-growing school districts.
The land on 78th Avenue is being acquired to accommodate a future elementary school in the Willoughby Slope area, which has the largest portion of undeveloped land in the Lower Mainland outside the Agricultural Land Reserve. The population of the area is estimated to grow by over 300% once it is fully developed, and existing elementary schools in the area are experiencing enrolment pressures.
“More and more families are choosing to make their homes in Langley, and our government is committed to building the schools they need,” said Rob Fleming, Minister of Education. “By purchasing this land now, we are investing in the future of families and students in Langley, and ensuring there is room to grow.”
“As one of the few growing school districts in the province, Langley is in need of the learning spaces that will be provided by the Southwest Yorkson project,” said Rob McFarlane, chair, Langley Board of Education.
The Province has provided $7.6 million to the Langley School District to buy 1.86 hectares (4.6 acres) of land, while the district is contributing $1.7 million toward the purchase.
The site acquisition and future school is ranked as the Langley School District’s number 1 expansion project priority.