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Regent Road Elementary welcoming Clayton students at the start of the school-year

Clayton Elementary school is closing, with students and staff moving to the new school
Regent Road Elementary is the newest addition to the Surrey School district, which will be opening this school-year. (Google Street View)

It’s the end of an era as students and staff from Clayton Elementary will officially move to the new Regent Road Elementary School at the start of the school year.

Regent Road Elementary is located at 18711 74 Ave. The school is a 4,700 square-metre space, with three-storeys that will be able to hold 655 students.

Building of the school was among the top-five priorities for capital plans of the district. The $33.3 million project’s construction began in September 2020, with the Surrey district’s $1.5 million included.

“Surrey is one of B.C.’s fastest-growing communities… These new buildings help students and staff explore the new curriculum and reduce the need for portables to accommodate enrolment growth,” Jennifer Whiteside, minister of education said in a release last year.

Clayton Elementary served the community for over a century and closed its doors at the end of the last school year, in time for Regent Road to ring in the new school-year on Sept. 6.

“Regent Road Elementary, with its bright, modern spaces and design, will provide endless opportunities and inspiration for students for years to come,” Laurie Larsen, chair of the Surrey Board of Education notes in a release.

Principal of Regent Road Elementary, Byron Gammel is thrilled to welcome students to the new space.

“It’s a once-in-a-career opportunity that you get to welcome the first year of students and staff into a brand-new school, and I’m very excited to be here at the beginning to help lay the foundation of Regent Road’s story with this wonderful community,” Gammel said.

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Sobia Moman is a news and features reporter with the Peace Arch News.
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