School addition won’t start until next month

Ever since opening last September, it’s been a tight squeeze at Hazelgrove Elementary.

When the brand-new, $13 million school welcomed its first students, portables were already needed to accommodate everyone who showed up for classes.

Two portables were required immediately. This fall, there’s 10.

Now comes word that construction on a four-classroom, $1.8 million addition won’t begin this month – contrary to what Surrey-Cloverdale MLA Kevin Falcon promised in October.

School District 36 expects construction to be underway by mid-December or early January.

The new classrooms are to be completed by August 2010 in order to help the school meet full-day kindergarten and future enrolment needs, Falcon said in a press release issued last month announcing the start of construction.

“Surrey is a growing school district and although Hazelgrove is a fairly new school, it already has a need for more space,” he said.

The addition will create space for 90 additional students, boosting capacity to 450 students in Grades 1 to 7, and 40 more kindergarten students.

Hazelgrove Elementary, located at 7057 191 Street in the Clayton Heights area, learned about the classroom addition last spring.

The school has had two spare portable classrooms in place since September – in anticipation of the move while construction takes place.

They’re still not being used because construction hasn’t started yet, Hazelgrove vice principal Christine Shepherd said.

“We thought construction would start earlier,” she said.

After several delays, the project has only now gone to tender.

Contractors were expected to tour the site this past Tuesday. Construction bids are due Nov. 23.

At its opening last fall, officials said Hazelgrove’s student population was expected to grow to 600 students over four years.

Enrolment currently sits at 714 students in Kindergarten to Grade 7.

Once construction begins, the school will lose the use of two classrooms for the rest of the school year.

A classroom on the main floor and another on the second floor are being converted to temporary emergency fire exits.

That, along with increased growth at the school, means nearly all students in Grades 4 to 7 will be in portables, except for two Grade 5 classes.

Just Posted

Dr. Lipjob avoids jail, gets 30-day suspended sentence

She will have to serve the 30 days in prison if she commits a breach during her two-year’s probation

Cloverdale’s Dan Gibbons remembered for his devotion, humour

Longtime local served with RCMP for more than 35 years

Surrey farmers taking stock of revamped Canada Food Guide

Products that were once big at the table — like meat and dairy — have been put on the back-burner

VIDEO: ‘The dog picks the job’: Meet the newest member of the Surrey RCMP

Cambria, a labrador-golden retriever mix, is the first victim services dog at the detachment

Surrey RCMP say men with gun steal Jeep from mom, daughter

Police say they are looking for video footage, and two South Asian suspects

Canada’s archive buys rare book that hints at Nazi plans for North America

The 1944 book may have served as a blueprint for a Nazi purge

B.C. hospital apologizes for veteran’s five-day hallway stay

Clinical director of Victoria General Hospital says case of retired veteran ‘definitely excessive’

Speaker Darryl Plecas says ‘justice’ needed for legislature employees

Plecas spoke to media at the opening of a pedestrian and cycling bridge in Abbotsford Wednesday

Advocate hopes B.C. legislature scandal leads to more transparency

‘Depressing’ that it takes a scandal to inspire freedom of information reform, says Sara Neuert

Ex-Mountie involved in Taser death at Vancouver airport sues government

Kwesi Millington claims he acted in accordance with RCMP training

47 men arrested by Vancouver police for allegedly seeking sex with teenage girls

Seven of those arrested have been charged as part of a two-month operation

Richmond businesses struggle to hire and keep staff because of high cost of housing

Chamber of commerce calls for diverse housing options, redevelopment of George Massey corridor

LETTER: Seniors home care, day programs expanding, Adrian Dix says

B.C. health minister responds to latest Seniors Advocate report

B.C. woman wins Instagram celebrity’s boob job contest

‘Kirill was here’ held a contest for women to win a boob job and a trip to Miami

Most Read