The Province has approved almost $13 million to build a new, environmentally friendly elementary school in a growing area of Surrey, announced Surrey-Cloverdale MLA Kevin Falcon today.
“The Surrey school district is experiencing tremendous growth in student enrolment,” said Falcon. “The Province is responding to the rapid growth in the area with a new, greener school that will provide a safe, more effective learning and teaching environment for our students and staff.”
The new school has been designed according to sustainable design principles promoted by the Canada Green Building Council, supporting the Province’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 33 per cent by 2020. Environmental features of the school include:
- Better building and landscape design features, such as a smaller building footprint, effective storm water management, light-coloured roofing, sun-shades, and tree retention and replacement during construction to lower the ongoing energy costs and impact of the school on the local environment.
- Large windows that open in classrooms and more windows in other areas to allow better light, cleaner air, better ventilation with a lower environmental cost and an overall brighter, better learning environment for students.
- Drought resistant and native plants that require less water.
- High-efficiency motors and features such as motion detectors to lower the energy costs of ventilating, heating and cooling the building.
- Low toxicity materials, paints and finishes.
- Better environmental management during construction to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.
“This new school will be a safe, environmentally friendly place for students and staff to receive and deliver a high quality education,” said Education Minister Shirley Bond. “I’m pleased that we’re able to support this new school in a growing area of Surrey.”
“The board is really pleased with the government’s decision to support this new school initiative,” said Shawn Wilson, Surrey Board of Education chair. “As Surrey continues to grow by 1,000 citizens a month, providing high quality and accessible education services is a major priority for our board. The children and families of the Clayton community will be well served with this new neighbourhood school.”
Built for 400 elementary and 80 kindergarten students, the new Clayton Centre Area elementary school will bring down enrolment pressures on the four surrounding elementary schools: Clayton, East Clayton, Hillcrest and Don Christian. Construction on the new school is expected to begin in spring 2008 and be complete by fall 2009.