This map shows the proposed location for Eagle Mountain Elementary. Abbotsford School District

Province pledges $25 million to build new Eagle Mountain elementary school

New school for 460 students to be completed by fall of 2022, province says

The province has pledged $25 million to build a new elementary school on Eagle Mountain in Abbotsford.

The announcement was made in a new release issued just after noon on Tuesday.

The school district will also contribute $2.5 million toward a new school for 460 kids from kindergarten to Grade 5. Construction is expected to begin next fall and be completed for September of 2022.

The Abbotsford School District has been requesting money for a new school on Eagle Mountain for years, and land has already been set aside for the project.

RELATED: Abbotsford school officials hope for new school approval before July

RELATED: New elementary school proposed for Eagle Mountain

“We are very pleased to have a new school coming to the Abbotsford School District,” said Abbotsford School District board chair Stan Petersen in a press release. “Abbotsford has experienced exceptional growth over the last decade, and we require a new school to alleviate high capacity and projected future enrolment in the Eagle Mountain neighbourhood. We look forward to providing students and families with a modern and innovative learning space.”

The school will also include a neighbourhood learning centre with two dedicated daycare rooms, adding to the city’s child care spaces.

In an interview, Petersen said he expects the new school will alleviate pressure on over-capacity schools in the east side of the city.

“The good news is that it’s come to fruition, and that’s great … It’s been in the works for some time. The process is thorough but slow, so when it’s finally announced, it’s pretty exciting,” Petersen said.

“Virtually every one of our east side elementary schools is packed.”

He couldn’t say how many portables are in use, but Petersen said most elementary schools in the east side of Abbotsford are over capacity, not taking into account the use of portables, and he expects the new school will allow the district to reduce its dependency on portables in that area.

Petersen said the last major school space expansion in the city was the partial rebuild of Abbotsford Senior Secondary School in 2012.

READ MORE: ‘Alarm bells’ raised by footage allegedly from Abbotsford pig farm, SPCA says

Just Posted

Trial slated to start Monday for accused killer of Abbotsford cop

Oscar Arfmann faces first-degree murder for death of Const. John Davidson

Abbotsford wasting time and money on ‘invalid’ surveys, UFV math prof says

Statistician says city can’t claim quality of life survey reflects opinions of Abbotsford residents

Homegrown star signs with Fraser Valley Bandits

Marek Klassen was BC Provincial Player of the Year during Yale championship year

Abbotsford students create ‘Character Matters’ website and video

Project started by Grade 6 class at Eugene Reimer Middle School

Abbotsford man cleared of drug and weapons charges for second time

Navpreet Dhaliwal acquitted of four charges less than a year after previous offences dropped

BREAKING: Court says B.C. can’t restrict oil shipments in key case for Trans Mountain

A five-judge Appeal Court panel agreed unanimously that B.C.’s proposed legislation was not constitutional

New airline regulations bring compensation for tarmac delays, over-bookings

Some of the new regulations will roll out in July, while others are expected for December.

Body found after fire at Surrey homeless camp, police say

Surrey RCMP say the body was found inside a shed after firefighters extinguished the fire

RCMP probe hit-and-run of Richmond senior

The man, who is in his mid-70s, was walking with his wife when he was allegedly struck

More than half of Canadians support ban on handguns, assault rifles: study

Divide between rural and urban respondents in latest Angus Reid Institute public opinion study

Coquitlam crash kills one person, injured two others

Investigators with the RCMP criminal crash unit are working to determing the cause of the incident

Vancouver man in serious condition after crash between motorcycle, transport truck

The man, 40, remains in hospital after a Thursday collision. Police believe speed was a factor

Spring rain needed as B.C. sees one of the lowest snowpack levels in 40 years

Snowpack levels in B.C. recorded on May 15 were similar to those in 2015 and 2016

Theresa May to quit as party leader June 7, sparking race for new PM

The new Conservative leader will become prime minister without the need for a general election

Most Read