New Belmont secondary celebrates the start with groundbreaking

Mayor and minster of education on hand to officially launch new school build in Langford



A new Belmont secondary school will rise from the ashes of Glen Lake elementary school as shovels hit the ground this morning.

Education minister Peter Fassbender was on site of the future $54 million school for the official launch of construction.

“I am going to be around in 2016 and I’ll come to the official opening,” said the minister. “We are investing in the future of this community.”

The new Belmont secondary will accommodate up top 1,200 students from Grade 9  to 12.

“This is probably the biggest financial expenditure this community will ever see,” said Langford Mayor Stew Young. “This is $50 million and is 10 times more important than any interchange.”

Young attended Belmont secondary as did his father and two children. He also has a two-year-old who Young hopes will attend the new Belmont and carry on the family tradition.

Students will have access to the facilities at City Centre Park including the turf fields and arenas.

“They will have access to a $30 million recreation facility to use, so this is more like an $80 million facility,” Young said. “No other school has that infrastructure attached to it.”

“This is something we can all be proud of and we’ve been working towards this for a long time,” said Wendy Hobbs,  Sooke School District board chair.

 

Another secondary school is planned for the Colwood community at Royal Bay. Royal Bay secondary school is budgeted to cost about $40.8 million and accommodate up to 800 students from Grade 9 to 12.

 

 

Just Posted

Greater Victoria teachers experienced more than 30 incidents of violence from students in one month

Shuttered behavioural programs, lack of resources creates challenges for local schools

Esquimalt High robotics team heads to international competition

The Esquimalt Atom Smashers will participate in the FIRST Robotics Canada competition

Canadian alcohol policy gets failing grade from UVic researchers

Canadian provinces and territories collectively achieved less than half of their potential to reduce alcohol related harm

Island playoffs underway at Oak Bay High

Home team vies for fifth straight Island title

Black Press readers share photos of their favourite critters on #LoveYourPetDay

Greater Victoria is raining cats and dogs…and snails and goats

POLL: Will you be wearing pink to take a stand against bullying

Schools and workplaces across Greater Victoria and around the province will be… Continue reading

UPDATE: Man charged in stabbing of woman, off-duty cop outside B.C. elementary school

Manoj George, 49, is facing two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of assault with a weapon after the incident on Wednesday, Feb. 20.

Federal fisheries minister calls for precautionary approach to fish farming

Government still reviewing Federal Court’s decision on PRV – Wilkinson

Why do zebras have stripes? Perhaps to dazzle away flies

Researchers from University of Bristol look into why zebras have stripes

Poll: More voters believe Canada doing worse under Trudeau government

22 per cent believed the country is doing better and 27 per cent said things are the same

HBC shuttering Home Outfitters across Canada

North America’s oldest retailer is revamping its various stores to improve profitability

BC SPCA investigates Okanagan woman with prior animal abuse convictions

BC SPCA is investigating a property near Vernon

Man wanted for sex trafficking, confinement may be heading to B.C.

Kevin Myrthil, 26, is also accused of assault on a 19-year-old woman at an Edmonton hotel

Most Read