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Mitchell, Steves seismic upgrades finished

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 3:04 PDT, Thu September 2, 2021

Seismic upgrades at Mitchell and Steves elementary schools are complete, and the schools are ready to reopen next week.

The upgrades and partial replacement at Mitchell cost $11.4 million, and the school now has a capacity of 465 students. At Steves, 365 students can be accommodated after a $12.8 million upgrade.

Fourteen other schools throughout the province are also opening to students, with renovations totalling almost $353 million. Among the new or improved schools is Langley's Donna Gabriel Robins Elementary. The 550-seat school is named after a member of the Kwantlen First Nation who dedicated her career to education in the district. 

"I am honoured to see a new school open in my community with my family name," Robins said. "Education has always been a huge part of my life, all thanks to the support of my family. As a strong advocate for diversity, my hope is for this school to foster an inclusive and nurturing culture for all students."

Eight new schools are opening this month as a result of provincial investments in new and improved schools, including:

• Donna Gabriel Robins Elementary (Langley)

• Grandview Heights Secondary (Surrey)

• Imagine High Integrated Arts and Technology Secondary (Chilliwack)

• Hornby Island Community school

• Walnut Park Elementary (Smithers)

• H.S. Grenda Middle school (Lake Country)

• Children's Development Centre (Saanich)

• Lake Trail Middle school (Courtenay)

In addition, three school expansions will give hundreds of students the opportunity to move from portables to classrooms when classes begin. Schools opening with new expansions are:

• BX Elementary (Vernon)

• Sullivan Elementary (Surrey)

• West Sechelt Elementary

To further support families on B.C.'s coast, the schools opening with seismic upgrades and partial replacements are:

• Manoah Steves Elementary (Richmond)

• Mitchell Elementary school (Richmond)

• George Greenaway Elementary (Surrey)

• Lord Byng Secondary (Vancouver)

• General Wolfe Elementary (Vancouver)

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