Students and families in the Eagle Mountain area of Abbotsford can look forward to a new elementary school in the near future, providing more classroom space for one of B.C.’s fastest growing communities.
“Students deserve to learn in schools that aren’t overly crowded, and this school will help relieve enrolment pressures in this part of Abbotsford,” said Rob Fleming, Minister of Education. “This new school will ensure families in the Eagle Mountain area will have a modern and safe school in their community for years to come.”
The Ministry of Education is providing up to $24.71 million for a new 460-seat kindergarten to Grade 5 elementary school, while the Abbotsford School District is contributing $2.5 million for a total budget of $27.21 million. The new elementary school is needed to serve Abbotsford students as more families are moving into the area. Construction will begin in fall 2020 and is expected to be completed for September 2022.
“We are very pleased to have a new school coming to the Abbotsford School District,” said Stan Petersen, board chair, Abbotsford School District. “Abbotsford has experienced exceptional growth over the last decade, and we require a new school to alleviate high capacity and projected future enrolment in the Eagle Mountain neighbourhood. We look forward to providing students and families with a modern and innovative learning space.”
The new school will include a neighbourhood learning centre that will also give families access to additional child care spaces through two dedicated daycare rooms.
Since September 2017, the Province has approved more than $1 billion for new and expanded schools, and land purchases for future schools. This includes more than $400 million for 6,610 new student seats.
- Budget 2019 includes $2.7 billion for new and expanded schools, seismic upgrades, maintenance and property purchases for future schools.
- Eagle Mountain is a fast-growing community in Abbotsford and surrounding schools are full.
- The new school will include elevators and parking for persons with diverse abilities.
- The City of Abbotsford has agreed to develop a joint-use agreement, so students can use the adjacent city-owned park and playfield.
For more information on current major school capital projects in B.C.: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/education-training/k-12/administration/capital/major-capital-projects