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British Columbia B.C. adds funds to school expansion in Surrey, moving students out of portables

Premier John Horgan makes an announcement at Fisherman's Wharf in Victoria, B.C., on March 15, 2019.

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The provincial government has announced $9.6 million in additional funding for the long-awaited expansion of a Surrey elementary school.

Premier John Horgan and Education Minister Rob Fleming made the announcement Thursday at Sullivan Heights Elementary in southeastern Surrey.

The funds are in addition to a $1.5-million contribution from the Surrey School District and $3.9 million that was pledged by the previous Liberal government in 2016 but not spent because construction did not begin.

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Horgan says work on the entire $15-million addition is now underway and is expected to be completed by September 2020.

The expansion will include a larger gym and library, as well as eight more classrooms to replace existing portables.

Horgan says his government has committed $1 billion to education since being sworn in and has made education a cornerstone.

“Right here in Surrey $220 million has already been invested in schools,” he told an audience of educators, parents and students, adding the government’s plan is to spend $2.7 billion on education infrastructure.

The funds are for seismic upgrades, the purchase of land for more schools and additions such as the one at Sullivan Heights, he says.

“This 200-seat addition will move kids out of portables and into classrooms and provide a better environment to give them the learning opportunities they need to succeed.”

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