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School briefs: Builders chosen for new schools

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Two new elementary schools are one step closer to reality now that builders have been chosen for the projects.

Olivit Construction Ltd. won the bid to build Goldstone Park Elementary, at 6286 146 St. A total of six bids were submitted to the school district, the lowest being Olivit's at $9.9 million and the highest at $10.7 million.

Pro-Can Construction Group submitted the lowest bid to win the contract to build Katzie Elementary, at 6887 194A St. Pro-Can's bid of $9.8 million was about $1.5 million less than the highest of the seven bidders.

Names for the new schools, which should open in the next two years, were chosen this summer based on their location and historical significance. Goldstone was named for an adjacent park, while Katzie honours the traditional lands of the Katzie First Nation, on which the new school will be built.

 

Kudos for Games commitment

The Surrey School District was recognized last month for its exceptional contribution to the success of the Surrey 2012 B.C. Summer Games.

Surrey 2012 B.C. Summer Games president Bill McNamara and Games director (and Panorama Ridge Secondary principal) Kevin DeBoice presented a plaque to board chair Laurae McNally and superintendent Mike McKay.

Underneath gold, silver and bronze medals from the Games, the plaque reads:

"In appreciation of Surrey School District’s integral partnership with the City of Surrey. Your two-year commitment of time, staff, district volunteers, facilities, equipment and expertise was paramount in the staging of a very successful and extraordinary British Columbia Summer Games, July 19-20, 2012."

McNally also received a personal presentation of a framed poster with a series of student photos taken of the Games in appreciation for her extensive volunteering and involvement in representing the district.

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