Valleyview Secondary School Expansion Announced

Posted On Friday April 12, 2019
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VVSS Principal Barb Hamblett, Tk'emlups Chief Rosanne Casimir, Minister Rob Fleming, SD73 Board Chair Kathleen Karpuk, Superintendent Alison Sidow and VVSS students celebrate

A sea of red greeted Rob Fleming, Minister of Education when he arrived at Valleyview Secondary to announce the Province spending $32.7 million for a significant expansion to the school by September 2022.

In Kamloops, Friday, April 12 to make the announcement, Minister Fleming spoke directly to students in grades 8 through 12. The students, gathered in a pep-rally atmosphere, were dressed in their Valleyview Vikes clothing and began the event with cheers and school chants.

“Today we take a giant step forward on the path to a radically improved school at Valleyview,” said Kathleen Karpuk, Chair, School District No. 73 Board of Education. “This means much better learning conditions, more access to specialized classrooms and places where you can sit, and socialize and eat.”

"Kamloops-Thompson is one of the Province's fastest growing school districts," said Alison Sidow, Superintendent. "The funding announcement for this much-needed expansion allows the students and staff at Valleyview Secondary to grow and learn in a modern and spacious facility."

There are currently over 940 students at VSS, which has a capacity for 625 students. This expansion means room for all the students in the school and the removal of the nine portables on the site by the time the project is complete. This addition will be built to LEED Gold standards, and it will bring the school’s capacity from 675 to 1,200 students.

The project will include 20 new classrooms, a new gymnasium, a multi-purpose space, special education classrooms, a new pick-up and drop-off area for buses, parking stalls and outdoor play areas.

SD73 is contributing $1.75 million to the project so the total budget for the expansion will be $34.45 million. 

VVSS made Fleming an honorary Vike and presented him with a school jersey, in the clip below. 

 

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