On January 29, 2009 the Ministry of Education announced the replacement of three School District 43 schools. The three schools, Centennial Secondary School, Pitt River Community Middle School and James Park Elementary School amounted to a commitment by The Province of just over $82 million dollars. Further to this, on April 1, 2009, The Ministry of Education announced the replacement of Moody Middle School and the building of a new middle school on Heritage Mountain. The new announcements brought the total commitment by The Province to just over $128 million dollars.
The five projects will meet LEED Gold building standards or equivalent, helping to reduce energy costs and the carbon footprint. For more information on LEED standards, please check the following web site www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CategoryID=19.
Similarly, the five projects are all eligible to be included in the Neighbourhoods of Learning (NOL) initiative. The Province has a vision of strong neighbourhoods created through a partnership between community organizations and schools. In designing new or replacement schools, school districts are encouraged to consult with the community and find innovative ways to incorporate community agencies or programs within the school design. All of the five projects being undertaking by the Coquitlam School District will be considered for the NOL initiative. For more information on the government's Neigbhourhoods of Learning initiative, please check the following web site www.neighbourhoods-of-learning.gov.bc.ca.