(Premier John Horgan/Province of British Columbia - Flickr)

The B.C. provincial government, in partnership with the Sooke School District have purchased an $8.7 million site for the purpose of constructing a new elementary school in the future.

The site is located in south Langford, near the intersection of Latoria Road and Klahanie Drive.

“Families deserve to know that schools will be available close to home,” said Rob Fleming, Minister of Education, in a statement.

“We’ve moved quickly to invest in new and expanded schools, and land purchases on the Westshore will support growth now and for generations to come.”

The six acre land purchase would ensure enough room for a future elementary school that can accommodate 500 students in the Westshore.

The provincial government has provided $7.7 million for the purchase of the Latoria Road school site, while the Sooke School District has chipped in with $960,000.

Site preparation for two other Langford schools are currently underway. Pexsisen Elementary will have capacity for 500 students, while Centre Mountain Lellum Middle school can accommodate 700 students.

Both schools are scheduled to open in September 2022