POUCE COUPE, B.C. – Pouce Coupe Elementary school will receive additional classroom space to accommodate 45 extra students.

The school will receive a two-classroom addition to meet future growth demand and to remove students from portable classrooms. The British Columbia Government and Peace River South School District will each contribute up to $1.56 million for the Pouce Coupe Elementary addition, with a total project budget of $3.12 million.

Construction is expected to start this summer, and students could be using the new classrooms as early as the start of the 2021-2022 school year.

Getting all students under one roof by eliminating portable facilities will better connect all students to the school, according to Peace River South board of education chair, Chad Anderson.

“We look forward to seeing the students of Pouce Coupe Elementary back together again under one roof in an expanded facility, that will continue to support student success,” says Anderson.

Pouce Coupe Elementary School was built in 2008, a partnership between the Village of Pouce Coupe and the Peace River South School District.

The provincial government has identified new and expanded schools as a priority. Since 2017, more than $2.2 billion has been earmarked for school construction projects across the province.

As a result, more than 13,500 seats have been created, with plans for more projects ahead.