Construction has begun on a new expansion being added to a secondary school in Nanaimo that will create multiple new classrooms for students.
According to the Province, a total of four classrooms are being added to Dover Bay Secondary School as part of an expansion project that will cost the government $2.6 million.
In addition to the spending from the Province, School District 68, Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools (NLPS), will contribute $400,000 to the project as well.
Jennifer Whiteside, Minister of Education, says that the new classrooms will allow for 100 students to move out of portables and into permanent classrooms.
“Nanaimo is a great place to raise a family, and we are continuing to invest in schools to keep up with growth in the region,” adds Whiteside.
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According to Adam Walker, MLA for Parksville-Qualicum, these permanent classrooms are considered to be a “better learning environment” for students.
“This project is a real win-win. There will be minimal disruption to learning, and this will set the school up to accommodate future growth,” Walker said.
Along with the Dover Bay expansion, the Province is also investing $35 million in seismic upgrades for Cilaire and Pleasant Valley elementary schools in Nanaimo.
A 12-classroom addition is also being added to Hammond Bay Elementary as well.