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Surrey’s Sullivan Heights Secondary Receives 700 Seat Addition

Surrey/Victoria – Students at Sullivan Heights Secondary school are getting a bigger, better school, with the Government of British Columbia investing in a new 700-seat addition.

The grades 8-12 school has an enrolment of more than 1,500 students, despite only having space for 1,000 in the existing building. There are 14 portables in use, and the school uses a modified schedule to help accommodate students. This $40-million, three-storey addition will create 29 new classrooms and, once complete, the school will have enough space for 1,700 students. The portables will be removed from the site when the project is complete.

In addition to the classrooms, the expansion will include a new gymnasium for school and community use, and a bridge connection between the new building and the existing building, to provide a shared main entry and administration space. Construction on the addition is expected to begin in winter 2020, with completion expected in fall 2021.

“For years, Surrey’s schools have been unable to keep pace with the rapid growth of our community and our students have paid the price,” said Jinny Sims, MLA for Surrey-Panorama. “Our government understands the importance of investing in students, to ensure they have access to the high-quality education they deserve.”

“The 29 new classrooms will be among the largest school additions ever constructed in our district, and will relieve crowded hallways and common areas, end the extended-day school schedule, as well as the need for 14 portables, while providing a beautiful new facility, including a fully equipped gymnasium,” said Laurie Larsen, Surrey Board of Education chair. “I thank the minister and his government for the funding, as well as Sullivan Heights students, staff and parents for their patience.”

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