B.C. government announces new school for Hornby Island

B.C. government announces new school for Hornby Island
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Hornby Island Community School was heavily damaged in a fire on Aug. 26, 2018.

The B.C. government has announced it is providing $10.4 million for a new 95-seat Hornby Island Community School, replacing the building that was damaged in a fire last year.

In August 2018, a week before classes were set to begin, a fire broke out and caused significant damage. 

The provincial government made the announcement on Friday.

“People in our community showed how resilient they can be when the former Hornby Island Community school burned down,” Scott Fraser, B.C. MLA for Mid Island-Pacific Rim, said.  “Our government took immediate action to provide short-term classrooms for Hornby students after the fire, and the new school will give them the long-term learning environment they deserve.”

Officials also announced a $27.2-million seismic upgrade of Lake Trail Middle School in Courtenay. The upgrade will replace everything but the school’s gym and includes a $1.5-million child care centre.

“All students deserve to learn in safe and inspiring schools that give them the best chance to succeed,” B.C. Minister of Education Rob Flemin said. “With new, modern facilities coming to Courtenay and Hornby Island, thousands of students will have a better learning experience for generations to come.”




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