The signing of two project agreements today by Minister of Education George Abbott and Vancouver school board chair Patti Bacchus will see the B.C. government invest $26.7 million to build two new elementary schools in Vancouver.
A new General Gordon Elementary school will be built in Vancouver's Westside at a cost of $14.7 million and International Village Elementary will be built in the False Creek North development at a cost of $12 million. Both schools will include Neighbourhood Learning Centres (NLC) that will deliver a range of community services to area residents.
"False Creek area is one of the fastest growing areas of Vancouver and I'm delighted to be part of the announcement that local families will have a new elementary school and enhanced day-care facility," said Patti Bacchus, Chair of the Vancouver School Board.
General Gordon Elementary will have capacity for 40 full-day kindergarten and 400 grades 1-7 students. The NLC will provide space for a music program, multi-purpose area with a kitchen, flexible performance space, and an enhanced library and computer lab. Construction is expected to begin this winter, with completion expected for the start of the 2016 school year.
International Village Elementary will have capacity for 60 full-day kindergarten and 450 grades 1-7 students. The NLC will be a multi-purpose room located on the ground floor, adjacent to an existing day-care facility to maximize space. Construction is expected to begin in spring 2013 with an anticipated completion date of fall of 2015.