June 9, 2016 1:59 pm

Argyle Secondary School getting $45.7M seismic upgrade

Argyle Secondary school in North Vancouver, B.C.

North Vancouver School District 44

Argyle Secondary School is getting a $45.7 million seismic upgrade due to a partnership between the province and the North Vancouver school district.

Education Minister Mike Bernier said in the announcement today that the province is putting $37.6 million into the project and the school district is making up the $8.1 million difference. According to the ministry, the school district sold “surplus assets in the district to make the additional funds available.”

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Argyle Secondary was originally built in 1960 and then had additions made in 1966, 1969 and 2000.

“We are very excited to be able to provide our students, staff and community a brand new secondary school, which will consist of a modern design that will support teaching and learning methods for the future,” North Vancouver Board of Education Chairperson Christie Sacre said in a statement.

“The North Vancouver Board of Education has worked hard for a long time to bring this project to fruition and we are elated that it upholds our school district’s vision for student-centred learning in the 21st century.”

The new school, which is expected to open in September 2019, will be built on the existing playing fields and will be able to accommodate 1,200 grade 8 to 12 students. Once the new school is built, the old one will be torn down.

Construction on the new and improved Argyle Secondary School will start in 2017.

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