B.C. Minister of Education Rob Fleming, along with Premier John Horgan, announced $18.6 million in funding to secure a new site for a secondary school on McCallum Road in north Langford Monday. (Rick Stiebel/News Staff)

New secondary school planned for north Langford

Province announces $18.6 million in funding for site

Rick Stiebel/News Staff

The provincial government announced Monday that a new secondary school is in the works to address the rapid population growth on the West Shore.

B.C. Minister of Education Rob Fleming said the province will provide $18.6 million to secure a new site for a secondary school on McCallum Road in north Langford. The Sooke School District is providing $350,000 for the project.

READ MORE: Land purchased for new elementary school in north Langford

Fleming cited the need for portables at Belmont Secondary School and the expansion at Royal Bay Secondary School, which required portables shortly after opening, as evidence the need for more schools must be addressed. Premier John Horgan said substantial investment in kindergarten to Grade 12 is an important part of addressing the needs of a rapidly growing community. “Over the past decade, resources weren’t keeping pace with the growth,” Horgan said. “This district has been working overtime to keep pace with the growth.”

Ravi Parmar, chair of the Sooke School District, applauded the provincial government’s commitment to addressing the growth, noting that the Sooke School District is the fastest-growing school district, per capita, in the province.

READ MORE: Bear Mountain land levelled for possible future school

Funding was announced in May 2018 for the purchase of a six-acre site on Skirt Mountain in Langford that would accommodate another elementary school for residents on the north side of the Trans-Canad Highway.

Funding was also announced Monday for two new schools – an elementary and a middle school – in the Westhills area.

READ MORE: Sooke School District continues to grow

rick.stiebel@goldstreamgazette.com


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Garbage overflowing around bins in popular Vancouver Island park

Resident blames the design of the garbage bins as garbage piles up at Mount Doug Park

Science expedition to Canada’s largest underwater volcano departs Vancouver Island

Crews prepared for a two-week research mission to the Explorer Seamount

More than 200 lives saved in first year at Victoria’s supervised consumption site

Vancouver Island’s largest site celebrates first anniversary with a report of zero deaths

Editorial: Illegal dumping is the hobby of cowards and fools

It probably costs you less time and money to take it to the dump

Taekwondo instructor, 21, identified as bat rabies victim

Nick Major, 21, an instructor at Cascadia Martial Arts in Parksville

WATCH: Parksville Qualicum MLA Michelle Stilwell takes first extended steps in nearly three decades

‘It actually felt like walking. It’s been 27 years… but it felt realistic to me’

Driver who killed B.C. motorcyclist receives absolute discharge

Chase family speechless following decision by BC Review Board

Lower gas prices slow annual inflation rate to Bank of Canada’s 2% bull’s-eye

Prices showed strength in other areas — led by a 17.3 per cent increase in the cost of fresh vegetables

B.C. moves to preserve 54 of its biggest, oldest trees

Fir, cedar, spruce, pine, yew set aside from logging

Report of dead body in B.C. park actually headless sex doll

This discovery, made at Manning Park on July 10, led police to uncovering two other sex mannequins

Dog recovering after being drenched in hot coffee, B.C. man charged

Man was taken into custody, charged, and released pending a court date

Undercover operation stings four at Island pawn shops and second hand stores

Accused face charges of attempt to possess stolen property after Campbell River arrests

Hawaiians protest massive telescope on sacred mountain

Officials close road as opponents pursue legal halt

Most Read