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New school, better learning experience for Lake Country students

New school breaks ground

Construction has begun on a new middle school in Lake Country.

"We are very excited that work is underway on a new middle school to serve the growing community of Lake Country," said Moyra Baxter, chair of Central Okanagan Public Schools Board of Education. "H.S. Grenda Middle School will serve our students well by supporting grade reconfiguration in the area and providing an innovative learning environment."

The new school will include a Neighbourhood Learning Centre that will be used for child care.

"Parents throughout the province, and especially in rural areas, have struggled to find quality affordable child care for too long," said Katrine Conroy, Minister of Children and Family Development. "By partnering with school districts, we can create new quality child care spaces more quickly and bring child care closer to home for Lake Country families."

The province is providing $35.1 million for the new school, while the Central Okanagan Board of Education is providing $5.3 million. The new facility will add 600 student seats to Lake Country, eliminating the equivalent of 24 portables.

"Students and families in Lake Country have been waiting years for this school, and it's so exciting to see it moving forward," said Rob Fleming, Minister of Education. 

H.S. Grenda Middle School is being built on land south of George Elliot Secondary School and is expected to be ready for students in September 2021.

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