It’s the weekend leading up to Back to School, and one Surrey school has already has five portables ready to handle overcrowding.
Katzie Elementary only opened last April, but enrollment is much higher than anticipated.
Surrey School communication services manager Doug Strachan spoke to Jill Bennett earlier this morning and says Katzie Elementary is the biggest elementary school ever built in Surrey.
“It has the capacity for 605 [students] we opened with 450…this year we anticipate 740 students.”
Strachan expects 3 or 4 of the portables will be used this year. He says this overcrowding comes because of the growth happening in the North Clayton Heights area.
“We have had funding for a new secondary school, that’s getting underway this fall, because the Clayton Heights school is overcapacity. We have had at the top of our wish list another new elementary school in that area.”
Strachan says they have used portables for a few years now in Surrey schools, especially while construction underway.
He says portables are the main way they deal with growth in schools. However he added that in some schools, they have extended school days to control the flow of students.