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Colwood’s Royal Bay Secondary school is set to undergo massive expansions thanks to contributions from the Province and Sooke Board of Education.

In total, a budget of $29.9 million has been allocated to expand the highschool, which exceeded its capacity in just 4 years since its construction in 2015.

The Ministry of Education is providing $27.3 million to the project while the Sooke Board of Education is contributing $2.6 million.

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“Students deserve the best educational experience possible, no matter where they live,” said Rob Fleming, Minister of Education in a statement.

“The expansion at this school will ensure that students will be learning in modern, engaging classrooms, so they can fully benefit from our new curriculum.”

The multi-million dollar project will add 21 classrooms to the school for a total of 600 additional seats. Construction is expected to be complete by fall 2020 to be ready for the next school year.

Royal Bay Secondary was first built in 2015 with a capacity for 800 students. Now, just four years later, the school has nearly 1,000 students and is using over 10 portable classrooms to accommodate everyone.

The incoming 600 seats will bring the school’s total capacity to 1,400 students and is planned to accommodate further enrolment growth in the area.

“This is great for our school,” said Ryker White, Grade 10 student at Royal Bay in a release.

“We’ve been fragmented with students in portables, so it will be great to have everyone under one roof enjoying the modern spaces and classrooms that we’re fortunate to have in a new school.”

Besides the Royal Bay Secondary expansion, the province has invested millions into the West Shore properties to ensure they have the necessary space for students.

A total of $24.9 million worth of land was purchased in West Langford for the development of future schools, and $6.6 million has been allocated for a future school in Skirt Mountain.

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