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Burke Mountain Seconday School

Blog by Rebecca Permack | June 18th, 2011

From: Coquitlam Now

School District 43 is one step closer to building a high school in Coquitlam's Burke Mountain neighbourhood.

Secretary-treasurer Rick Humphreys said the board has accepted a provincial land offer for a 5.8-hectare site.

"The Crown, through the Ministry of Forest, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, has granted the Burke Mountain Secondary site to the school district," he said at Tuesday's board meeting.

Now the school district will try to get a project agreement so it can start construction on the 1,200-student school as soon as possible.

"This has been many years in the making," Humphreys said. "We're pleased to have another project underway."

The land transaction will be an accounting entry between natural resource and education ministries, Humphreys added. The district will pay about $35,000 in expenses.

Board chair Melissa Hyndes said she is excited to hear about the announcement.

"It's taken a long time for that to come to fruition, but now that it is, it's exciting to know that they're actually being proactive and giving us the property to build a proper school on a school site," Hyndes said.

A middle school and six elementary schools are also planned for the area.

Courtesy: Coquitlam Now