A Nanaimo high school will see more learning space following $3 million in renovations.
The B.C. government announced Wednesday that it will be investing $2.6 million to renovate existing, underused space at Dover Bay Secondary.
Renovations — due to begin this coming September — will include the creation of four new classrooms, a project-based learning hub, a fitness area as well as a gender-neutral washroom.
“Nanaimo is a wonderful place to raise a family, and as more children start attending school, we must provide them with dynamic learning environments,” Jennifer Whiteside, the province’s Minister of Education, said in a press release.
Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools (School District 68), is set to contribute an additional $400,000 towards the project, which will eliminate the need for four portables at Dover Bay Secondary.
“Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools is experiencing significant growth, especially in the area around Dover Bay Secondary,” Charlene McKay, chair, Nanaimo-Ladysmith Board of Education, said in a government press release.
Renovations at Dover Bay Secondary — located in one of Nanaimo’s wealthier neighbourhoods — are expected to be completed by March 2022.
“The Nanaimo north region is a great place to raise a family and is growing. Our government is committed to supporting students and staff by providing school spaces to meet their needs,” Adam Walker, MLA for Parksville-Qualicum, said in a statement.
Since 2017, the provincial government claims it has “approved” $40 million in spending to improve schools for students in Nanaimo, which includes a 295-seat addition at Hammond Bay Elementary and seismic upgrades at Cilaire and Pleasant Valley elementary schools.