The B.C. government will spend $26.7 million to build two new elementary schools in Vancouver.
The city’s west side is slated to get a new General Gordon elementary at a cost of $14.7-million, while the downtown area will see a $12-million International Village elementary built near False Creek. Both schools will include neighbourhood learning centres that will provide community services to area residents.
Education Minister George Abbott said the learning centres, which will include a music program and an enhanced library and computer lab at General Gordon and an expanded multipurpose room at International Village, will become “invaluable hubs for the communities they serve.”
General Gordon Elementary will have room for 40 full-day kindergarten students and 400 students in grades 1 to 7. International Village elementary will have capacity for 450 kids in grades 1 to 7 and 60 full-day kindergarten students.
Construction on General Gordon will start this winter, with completion expected in 2016. International Village will begin construction next spring, with a completion date set for fall of 2015.
Since 2001, the province has spent more than $188 million on 40 capital and seismic projects in the Vancouver school district, along with $2.1 billion to complete 93 new and replacement schools, 150 additions, 27 renovations and 22 site acquisitions.