Chilliwack Gets Early Xmas Present From Province – New Arts and Tech School On Old UFV Site (VIDEO)

Old UFV Downtown Chilliwack Campus

Chilliwack – Merry Christmas Chilliwack, here’s another school.

Victoria is providing $15.4 million for a new 600-seat secondary school at the former University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) North campus. In addition, construction is ready to begin on the new, $53.6-million South Side elementary-middle school, which will sit along the Vedder River with capacity for 930 students. The details were made public at AD Rundle Middle School, next door to the new school /Old UFV North Campus.

The UFV North campus will go through a retrofit.

The announcement was made Friday morning by Education Minister Rob Fleming.

Flemming went on to say that the new project(s) should eliminate two-thirds of the portable classrooms in use in the Chilliwack School District. Ironically it’s Chilliwack and not a district such as Surrey that leads the Province in the use of portable classrooms.

“We’re all very excited about the new schools that are on the way to provide a better learning experience for our students,” said Dan Coulter, chair, Chilliwack Board of Education. “These investments are the result of a positive relationship between our board and the provincial government, and we’re excited to continue working with the Province to add even more new classrooms to our district.”

The new school at the former UFV North campus will be a 600-seat facility for students in grades 8 to 12, and will have an arts and technology focus. The building already features classrooms and an auditorium, with childcare on site, and will be renovated to fit secondary school programming. The new school is set to open to students in September 2021.

The new South Side elementary-middle school is expected to open to students in kindergarten to Grade 8 for September 2022. That was already approved by the School Board earlier this year.

Rob Flemming making the announcement ( the presentation is at the 4:20 mark)

Chilliwack School Board Chair Dan Coulter on the new school:

From Willow Reichelt, SD33 School Trustee

Today we got to see Minister Rob Fleming do the official groundbreaking for the new Southside K-8 school on Tyson Rd

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Minister of Education Rob Fleming with trustees and district staff at the new Southside school site.
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Secretary Treasurer Gerry Slykhuis, MLA Laurie Throness, Education Minister Rob Fleming, Acting Superintendent Rohan Arul-pragasam and Board Chair Dan Coulter at the official groundbreaking for the new Southside school.

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