Portables for Katzie Elementary

After less than two years being open, Katzie Elementary already has five portables due to overcrowding.

Five portables were added to Katzie Elementary over the summer months.

Katzie Elementary, which opened in April of last year, already has five new portables.

The portables were added over the summer to accommodate the new students.

Built to ease the overcrowding in the area, Katzie Elementary was the largest school in the district based on capacity when it opened.

When the school opened in 2014, the school anticipated about 475 students, but by September of last year, there was around 580 students.

Now going into the 2015/2016 school year, Katzie Elementary is anticipating about 650 students.

According to Surrey School communication services manager Doug Strachan, most of the five new portables will be utilized, but he added “a couple (portables) may be there in anticipation.”

Strachan also said the school district expects to be putting two to three new portables at Katzie Elementary every year.

A request for a new elementary school in the area has been in the district’s top 10 priorities for their five-year capital plan for the Ministry of Education.

According to Strachan, the request dates back to 2013, which was the year before Katzie even opened.

Strachan said they moved the boundary for Katzie in an attempt to ease overcrowding, but they are still “playing catch-up.”

“The reality is we need another school.”

Another similar incident was when Hazelgrove opened with four portables already on the property.