British Columbia News
New school ready to welcome Prince George students
Tuesday, September 8, 2020 8:30 AM
The new Shas Ti Secondary Kelly Road Secondary school is complete and ready to welcome students.
“Schools are the foundation of our communities, and this new school will provide Prince George students with more opportunity to succeed,” said Rob Fleming, Minister of Education. “The new school’s modern design will provide an engaging and inspiring place to learn. And with space for 900 students, it will be able to grow with the region for years to come.”
The existing school has been replaced with a fully accessible, modern building on the same site. It was built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold standards. The interior will include collaborative learning spaces to support B.C.’s new curriculum.
Students were able to remain in the existing school while the new school was being built.
“We can’t wait to be able to welcome everyone in,” said Tim Bennett, chair, Prince George board of education. “So many things were thought of in the construction of this building – how it’s laid out, how it allows for authentic collaboration between classrooms. Of course, it’s energy efficient. Every room has its own heating and cooling system, every classroom has multi-level lighting perfect for learning. So many details were thought of in the building of this school that it is truly going to be a state-of-the-art building for students, staff and community.”
Shas Ti means “grizzly trail” or “grizzly path” in the Dakelh dialect of the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation. In the spirit of reconciliation, the school’s dual name honours the extended history of the Lheidli T’enneh in the region and the more recent history of Kelly Road Secondary school.
This investment is part of government’s work to build new and expanded schools in fast-growing communities throughout B.C.
- Since September 2017, the Province has announced over $2.1 billion for school capital projects. This includes $749 million to add more than 13,000 new student seats in B.C. schools, eliminating the equivalent of about 520 portables.
- To continue this momentum, Budget 2020 includes a record $2.8 billion for new and improved schools for students throughout B.C.
For more information on the K-12 Education Restart Plan, visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/education-training/k-12/covid-19-return-to-school