LANGLEY – Residents in Langley will soon be able to send their children to two brand-new schools in the Willoughby neighbourhood, as part of the Ministry of Education’s new $353-million capital plan for new schools or school expansions.

Quotes:

Mary Polak, MLA for Langley:

“We’re a growing community, and these two new schools are desperately needed to serve the families of the Willoughby neighbourhood.  Congratulations to the Langley school district and thank you for working with us to get these schools funded.”Rich Coleman, MLA for Fort Langley – Aldergrove:
“These two new schools will become an integral part of the Langley community. Not only will they serve children for many years, but the projects will help create jobs for families right here in Langley. Very welcome news to everyone.”

Stacey Cody, Chair of the Langley Board of Education:
“These new schools are a reflection of what we can do to benefit education in this province when we work together. Students and families in the Langley area can look forward to walking the halls of two new schools in the near future. We thank the Ministry of Education for approving these projects, and giving our community more student spaces.”

Quick Facts:

• Projects approved for funding in the province include six new elementary schools, one new middle school, two new secondary schools, four school additions, and the purchase of six school sites – four of which are for future schools.
• The Province is working in partnership with the Surrey school district, which has committed approximately $23 million to these projects, and the Sooke school district, which has committed approximately $30 million from the future sale of the current Belmont Secondary site, for a total of $53 million.
• Over the past 10 years, government has spent more than $1.8 billion to complete 83 new and replacement schools, 149 school additions, 26 renovations and 22 site acquisitions across the province.
• In the same time, the Province has committed more than $3.9 billion to school capital and maintenance.

Learn More:

• For more information on Education in B.C. visit www.gov.bc.ca/bced
• To learn more about School District 35, visit their website: www.sd35.bc.ca

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