Enhancing Education Opportunities in Cloverley: A New Elementary School for North Vancouver
BC government has announced a new elementary school for families in the Cloverly neighbourhood in North Vancouver. The Province is providing as much as $61 million and the North Vancouver School District is contributing an additional $3 million to build a new elementary school in the Cloverley neighbourhood.
The new school will have capacity for 585 students and will include a neighbourhood learning centre with services that benefit the broader community, such as child care. Construction is expected to start in fall 2024, and the school will be ready for students in time for the 2026-27 school year.
“More people than ever are choosing to make British Columbia their home, and that’s why we continue to make historic investments in schools,” said Rachna Singh, Minister of Education and Child Care. “We’re giving families peace of mind that they can send their kids to a safe, modern school that is close to home.”
“The city of North Vancouver is a desirable place to raise young families and the welcome chorus of children’s voices in our community also means an increasing demand for space in our public education system,” said Bowinn Ma, MLA for North Vancouver-Lonsdale. “The need for a new elementary school at the old Cloverley site has been growing, and I’m relieved to see our ongoing efforts of the past several years to build a new school now reach this crucial funding milestone. My gratitude to all the parents for their ongoing advocacy and to the school district for their partnership in getting this project to where it is today.”
In a press release, BC said it has invested approximately $166 million to improve schools in North Vancouver. Other capital projects include the recently completed seismic upgrades at Mountainside Secondary, the seismic replacement and expansion at Handsworth Secondary, and a 145-seat expansion at Lynn Valley Elementary.
“Providing families in and around the Cloverley neighbourhood with a new, modern and safe school is a priority for the North Vancouver School District,” said Kulvir Mann, chair, North Vancouver Board of Education. “We welcome today’s announcement and would like to thank the Ministry of Education and Child Care for continuing to work with and invest in the North Vancouver School District so that together we continue to meet the needs of students, staff and community, now and in years to come.”
Linda Buchanan, mayor, City of North Vancouver, said she is thrilled that a much needed new elementary school is coming to the community.
“We are a growing city with many young families, particularly around the Moodyville area. This new school will allow children to learn, play and grow in their neighbourhood and alleviate capacity challenges.”