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Langley Secondary gets $26.2 million upgrade

Major changes will come to LSS’s school building.

Langley Secondary will be rebuilt on site as part of a $26.2 million project announced Friday.

With a $426,000 contribution from the Langley School District, the project will see half the school torn down and replaced while the remainder is upgraded.

The end result will be a single, unified, and more efficient and accessible building.

Local MLAs Rich Coleman and Mary Polak announced the project along with school board chair Rob McFarlane and other local officials.

Principal Dawne Tomlinson said it was an important decision for LSS.

“There are so many reasons to keep this school where it is,” she said.

The project will recreate the facility and allow staff to keep doing good work within its walls, said Tomlinson.

Student Taylor Swift offered thanks on behalf of the student body.

“Thank you so much for not closing our school,” she said.

Polak noted that the next piece of work for Langley schools will be getting the secondary school for the Willoughby Slope area.

“It is going to take some more work,” Polak said.

The planning for the Willoughby Slope school was officially announced, to help relieve pressures on the local area schools.

That project will have to go to the provincial treasury board in the fall, Polak said.

The LSS project will see work start in 2017 with a scheduled conclusion in 2019.

 

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