Students and staff in North Vancouver have more than just a new year to celebrate as they return to school this week.
For the first time, they will attend the new, seismically safe Argyle Secondary school.
The replacement of Argyle Secondary is a $61.7-million project funded by the Province of B.C., with a $11.6-million contribution from the North Vancouver School District.
The school opened to students on Jan. 5, 2021, after two years of construction.
The former school will be demolished by the North Vancouver School District and replaced by a new turf field funded by the District of North Vancouver.
The new Argyle Secondary provides students and teachers with a 21st-century learning experience through improvements to the school’s safety, accessibility, sustainability, energy efficiency and modern learning, said the Government of BC.
“I’m thrilled students and families in North Vancouver’s Argyle catchment now have the new school they’ve been waiting for,” said Susie Chant, MLA for North Vancouver-Seymour.
Since September 2017, the Province has announced over $2.1 billion in school construction and property purchases for B.C. schools, including $105 million in North Vancouver.
This includes seismic upgrades at Mountainview Secondary and the replacement of Handsworth Secondary. The new Handsworth Secondary is expected to be complete by September 2022, with the entire project, including demolition and site improvements, completed by summer 2023.