Province to Replace Kelly Road Secondary
Prince George, B.C. – It’s been on the Prince George School District’s capital wish list for years now and it’s finally set to become a reality.
This morning local Liberal MLAs Shirley Bond and Mike Morris announced Victoria will replace Kelly Road Secondary School at a cost of $44.3 million.Construction will start this fall and take three years to complete.
($43.3 million is coming from the provincial government and $1 million from the Prince George School District).
The 56-year-old school will be replaced with a state-of-the-art building on the same site, with enough space to accommodate 900 students.
(It will be built on the same property so current students will be able to continue classes until the new facility is complete.)
It will also be built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold standards and include lots of natural light, and large open and collaborative learning spaces to support B.C.’s new school curriculum.
Prince George-Mackenzie Liberal MLA Mike Morris said it was time for a new school. “It’s been in existence since the ’60s. It’s had a lot of additions put on it as well and there are structural issues with it. So, building a new school is probably the easiest route to go.”
Prince George School Board chair Tim Bennett was thrilled with the news.
“Kelly Road has been at the top of our capital wish list for six or seven years. We’ve identified it as reaching the end of its best life so to speak and it’s something we’ve been asking government for for many years so we’re really excited.”
He added it will have a positive impact on the neighbourhood.
“We see significant growth as a lot of the elementary schools in the Hart are either at or over capacity already. So, if that trend continues we know that we have space at the new Kelly Road for these students.”
And as an added bonus, Jobs Minister Shirley Bond says construction of the new facility is expected to create 135 local jobs.
“One of the things that’s really special about this project is we have a policy that if you have a project over $15 million contractors are required to hire apprentices on that project,” she said.
“So, not only will we see 135 jobs on this project, but there will be a requirement to train apprentices at the same time. We’re also adding funding from a program to put new trades equipment in schools right across the province which the school district here will receive as well.”