A two-storey addition to RC Garnett Demonstration Elementary school is expected to be complete this time next year.

Timeline announced for R.C. Garnett expansion

Demonstration elementary school's two-storey addition, including eight new classroom, scheduled to open in January 2018

A long-planned two-storey addition for R.C. Garnett Demonstration Elementary is expected to be in place by January 2018.

The expansion of R.C. Garnett has been an item in the district’s five-year capital plan for a some time. Ground will break on the east side of the school this spring, making way for construction of eight new classrooms as well as bathrooms on both floors.

The $3.9 million addition will include one kindergarten room and seven general classrooms, and will increase capacity from 315 to 510 students, said secretary treasurer David Green during the board of education meeting  on Jan. 24.

Former PAC president Lorraine Baldwin is thrilled that the expansion is finally getting underway. She has been a longtime advocate for a second storey to handle the overcrowding that led to the use of six portables.

“It’s good news for the community and the students who are there. While my daughters have already aged out and are now in the overcrowded Yorkson Creek Middle School, I am really happy that the parents’ concerns were finally heard after years of communicating the issues,” said Baldwin.

“In my opinion, the Township and the District still need to work to ensure that development doesn’t surpass capacity. My kids went through their elementary school years alternating days on the playground.”

The addition will be wood frame construction with stucco and metal cladding and will be added to the back (east side) of the school. The timeline for this project is tight, with completion anticipated by December 2017, so that students can be moved during the Christmas break.

Before construction could begin, there were six portables at the back of the school that needed to be moved. One was used by a daycare provider.

Green told the board that arrangements have been made to allow the daycare to operate in the multi-purpose room during construction.

The district will relocate the portable to a secure storage site and once construction is completed, will reinstall it at the school. Four portables will be relocated to the front of the school during the construction and will be removed from the site once construction is completed.

The remaining portable will be moved to Langley Fine Arts School.

Just Posted

UPDATE: ‘Fairy Godmother’ needs help to make prom night special for Langley grads

Charity collects donated dresses, suits, and accessories for grads who can’t afford them

UPDATE: Fire at Port Coquitlam rail yard under control

Evacuation order lifted, residents told to remain inside

UPDATE: Tsunami warning cancelled for coastal British Columbia

Warning issued following 7.9 earthquake off Kodiak, AK

B.C. man accused of impersonating an officer eludes capture

Arrest warrant still stands for Bryce Scott Telford

Bird count scheduled for Langley area

Volunteers collect data that is shared with the Metro Vancouver regional authority

Mom delivers plastic mats to Langley’s homeless

Jenifer Kosman fashions sleeping mats from plastic grocery bags

‘Shape of Water’ producer, Christopher Plummer among Canadian Oscar nominees

Guillermo del Toro film about merman romance earns 13 nominations

5 to start your day

Tsunami warning activated in B.C. overnight, fuel truck hits train in Port Coquitlam and more

Canada, TPP agrees to revised deal without the United States

Canada and the remaining members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership have agreed to a revised trade agreement

Tsunami warnings 101: Canada

Here are some things to know about tsunami alerts in Canada and how they work

Rogers Media cuts ties with Vice Canada

Rogers Media and Vice Canada are ending their three-year-old partnership, pulling Viceland TV channel off the air

Snowfall warnings for mountain passes

Lots of snow expected to fall today.

Protect your home and save: New sensor stops flooding in its tracks

BC-made system offers solution to damaging leaks from water tanks, dishwashers and more

Most Read