Zenny Cepele from Alba Painting in Langley gives Hope secondary a fresh coat of deep blue paint in preparation for the new school year. Crews were also busy renovating the school’s interior, and creating a new basketball court. (Jessica Peters/ Black Press)

AESS, Harrison Elementary to get municipal water for fall

SD78 focused on renovating Hope Secondary this summer as well as small upgrades in Agassiz, Harrison

Agassiz Elementary Secondary School and Harrison Hot Springs Elementary will finally be on municipal water for this coming school year.

In total, AESS has received about $800,000 in upgrades this year. In addition to being connected to the municipal water service, the high school also received a partial mechanical upgrade on their boiler unit, and all rooftop units were replaced. The school has also recently had a complete LED lighting upgrade, Doug Templeton, the Fraser Cascade School District’s director of facilities and transportation, said.

Harrison Hot Springs elementary will also be removed from its well-water source within the next month and connecting to that municipal’s water service.

SEE ALSO: Harrison breaks ground on water upgrade

Although the move to municipal water is a big deal for the two local schools, they aren’t the ones that have been taking up most of the school district’s time this summer.

Hope Secondary has been the recipient of around $1 million in renovations, giving the high school a facelift for fall.

“Hope Secondary is the school that we focused on this year,” Templeton says. “So at that particular site, we’ve done a complete paint of the exterior and we’re in the process of doing asbestos abatement in all the flooring.”

A palette of blues and greys have replaced the old red paint outside, and the face lift extends to the interior as well. The school was the main focus of summer maintenance upgrades, Templeton said.

All of the main hallways have already had the asbestos removed, as well as some of the classrooms. He says that the rest of the classrooms will be taken care of by Christmas.

“At that site we’ve replaced all the rooftop units on the school, replaced the dust collector from the shops,” Templeton says. “In totality we probably are spending $1 million on Hope secondary.”

That includes paving upgrades and renovations inside, including both the staff room and art room.

And if that doesn’t excite students as they head back to class, what’s outside just might. A new basketball and ball hockey court has been added to the grounds, increasing the opportunity for activities outside.

Up in Boston Bar, the elementary school has had new playground equipment installed and a renovated basketball court.

Karen Nelson, superintendent of schools for Fraser Cascade, says the hard work being done at Hope Secondary and other sites this summer has been incredible.

“Maintenance staff, under the direction of Doug Templeton, Director of Facilities and Transportation, have worked tirelessly over the summer to provide the necessary facility upgrades and to ensure that all school district sites are clean and safe for the return of students and staff on the first day of school,” she said.

“We truly appreciate all of the hard work that is completed by our maintenance staff, not only during the summer, but each and every day of the year.”

The funding for the upgrades each year comes from the annual facilities grant that each district receives.

The district is divided into five sections, and planned work rotates through those sections so that work is done on each site every five years to avoid disrupting too many sites at once.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

TRAFFIC: Roadwork, stalled semi causing major delays on Highway 1 in Langley

Westbound commuters should try the Fraser Highway or 56th Ave

VIDEO: District of Kent reenacts 1895 meeting

Event kicks off year-long celebration of 125 years as district

Hope-raised NHL official among BC Hockey Hall of Fame inductees

Jay Sharrers officiated 1,419 regular NHL games, plus Stanley Cup finals and Olympics

Sasquatch Mountain Aussie Day celebration raises $800

Proceeds of bikini runs, toonie tosses and more go to wildfire victims

How would crowded Fraser Valley hospitals deal with patient surge? Officials won’t say

Amid coronavirus case and crowding issues, health officials won’t say where more patients would go

Feds preparing plane to fly Canadians out of Wuhan, once China gives OK

160 Canadians have asked for help to leave province at centre of coronavirus outbreak

Runaway rail car reported on same B.C. train line as fatal 2019 derailment

CP Rail confirmed the incident happened on Jan. 14.

Fraser Valley homeless advocate killed by RCMP leaves behind complicated legacy

Barry Shantz was shot by Lytton police officers after six-hour standoff on Jan. 13

Body found in vehicle at bottom of Mission ravine

Deceased male appears to be the lone occupant of the vehicle, discovered on Dewdney Trunk Road

Southern resident orca L41 considered missing and feared dead

The orca was last spotted in August 2019 when photographed in western Strait of Juan de Fuca

‘I am so sorry’: Stolen Baby Bear statue reunited with Mama, Papa Bear in B.C. town

Culprit left it near the Henry Road roundabout in Chemainus with a note attached

‘Critically low’ caribou population prompts wolf cull in the Chilcotin

Itcha-Ilgachuz herd numbers down to 385, from 2,800 in 2003

Off-duty B.C. Mountie takes down would-be ice cream thief

Suspect attempted to steal Dilly Bars from Dairy Queen location on Sunday

Most Read