School sale funds Langley projects

Langley school district secretary-treasurer David Green said 'we're looking for money' to build a school on land in the Latimer area.

Langley’s school district has some big construction projects on the horizon, according to five-year capital plans released at its first fall meeting.

In September, the province announced it would fund $67.1 million in projects, including a new 1,500 space secondary school in Willoughby, the conversion of R.E. Mountain into a Grade 6-8 middle school, expanding R.C. Garnett Elementary, and buying land in the Latimer area for another future elementary.

“Now we’re looking for money to build a school on that piece of land,” said David Green, the school district’s secretary-treasurer.

The five-year financial plan includes a request to the province for the cash to actually build that school, in 2021/22.

There is also a request in the capital plan to find a piece of land in the southwest Yorkson area.

That land would be used to build a replacement for the existing Willoughby Elementary.

“It’s about the location,” Green said. The school is currently on a busy intersection. “Plus the school is surrounded by commercial development,” he said.

It is a valuable piece of land. The province doesn’t fund replacement schools, only new ones, so the district will have to use funding from the eventual sale of the site towards a new site and construction.

However, there is no timeline on the project, and no immediate plan to sell the site and move.

Another major item in the plan will be seismic upgrades planned for portions of R.E. Mountain. Those will be done when the school is converted into a middle school, Green said.

As far as properties for sale, Murrayville Elementary is up for grabs.

Green could not comment on how much the district is asking for the site.

Just Posted

Half million dollars change Langley couple’s life

Richard and Frances Laidlaw contemplate travel and moving

Liberal hopeful aims to claim candidate spot in Langley-Aldergrove

Leon Jensen was the 2015 candidate in Langley-Aldergrove.

LETTER: Fort Langley driver lobbies for roundabout signalling

ICBC rules call for drivers to signal when exiting roundabouts.

South Langley community group wants to talk innovative housing

Brookswood-Fernridge Community Association invites people to a meeting about the future of housing.

GREEN BEAT: Opening ‘new roads’ in Langley makes cycling safer

HUB Langley pushed to ‘UnGap the Map’ and create more bike infrastructure throughout the community.

VIDEO: The ‘most cosmopolitan’ of butterflies could migrate to B.C.

The painted lady butterfly will likely arrive this summer from Southern California

Pedestrian killed, two injured in three-vehicle crash in Coquitlam

Road closures in effect following collision

Is it a homicide? B.C. woman dies in hospital, seven months after being shot

Stepfather think Chilliwack case should now be a homicide, but IHIT has not confirmed anything

Sources say Trudeau rejected Wilson-Raybould’s conservative pick for high court

Wilson-Raybould said Monday “there was no conflict between the PM and myself”

First Nations public art piece stolen in Nanaimo

Spindle Whorl went missing over the weekend, according to Nanaimo RCMP

Father-son duo at B.C. Children’s Hospital helps new dads fight depression

The pair teamed up to introduce the only known research-based mindfulness workshop for new dads

Mexican restaurant in B.C. told to take down Mexican flag

General manager of Primo’s Mexican Grill in White Rock: ‘I’ve never heard of anything like this’

B.C. NDP moves to provide tax credits, tax cut for LNG Canada

Provincial sales tax break of $596 million repayable after construction

COLUMN: Smart phone too powerful a tool to yank from students’ hands

Rather than ban them from schools, let’s teach kids to harness their phone’s power and use it properly

Most Read