Victoria/Chilliwack – A new elementary-middle school is coming to Chilliwack’s growing South Side.
Rob Fleming, Minister of Education, has announced that the Province will provide up to $48.6 million to build a new, 930-seat K-8 school in south Chilliwack. The Chilliwack School District will contribute $5 million for the cost of the school. The announcement was made during the grand opening of the new 200-seat addition at Promontory Heights Elementary Community school.
“With a new school in a beautiful setting, families in Chilliwack’s South Side community will have the pleasure of sending their children to a modern learning environment that will give them the best chance to succeed,” said Fleming. “Chilliwack is one of the fastest-growing school districts in B.C., and we are making investments to match that growth to make life better for families.”
The new school will have space for 80 kindergarten students, 250 elementary students and 600 middle school students. Construction is scheduled to begin in October 2019, and the school is expected to be ready for students in September 2022. The name of the school will be selected by the Chilliwack Board of Education at a later date.
“This is an exciting time for the Chilliwack School District,” said Paul McManus, chair, Chilliwack Board of Education. “We want to thank the provincial government for making this much-needed investment in our students and our community. Our district has seen tremendous growth for many years and this new school is a great start for providing additional engaging learning spaces for many of our students.”
The new school will be built on property the Chilliwack School District acquired in June 2017, on Tyson Road near the Vedder River. The school will be surrounded by nature, including park space and trails with the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve nearby. It will feature a neighbourhood learning centre with space that will be used for child care programming.
Breaking news for the City of Chilliwack! Thank you to the Provincial Government for this great announcement made about education in #Chilliwack! #school #education #blessed #kids https://t.co/wHy3E8k7up
— Sharon Gaetz (@sharongaetz) September 17, 2018
Minister Rob Fleming speaking at the grand opening of Promontory. A good start! pic.twitter.com/qGEJIekTmF
— Heather Maahs (@heathermaahs) September 17, 2018
The choir at Promontory Heights Elementary celebrates the completion of 8 new classrooms, as well as the announcement by Minister Fleming of a new South Side school. Great news as the previous government and this one recognize Chilliwack's need. pic.twitter.com/BCJYUai6pe
— Laurie Throness (@LaurieThroness) September 17, 2018