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7 new classrooms coming to West Kelowna elementary school

The new classrooms are expected to open the fall of 2025
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The provincial government announced 7 new classrooms for Chief Tomat Elementary School during a media availability event at North Glenmore Elementary School on May 27, 2024. (Brittany Webster/Capital News)

Come the start of the 2025/26 school year, West Kelowna will have an additional 165 spaces for students.

The province announced $10.5 million in funding to build seven new classrooms at Chief Tomat Elementary.

“To support the rapid growth of the Central Okanagan, the board of education prioritizes advocating for funding of classroom space and we appreciate this investment in our learners,” said Lee-Ann Tiede, Chair for the Central Okanagan Board of Education. “We look forward to continuing to work together to meet the needs of students and families in our growing district.”

The announcement was made at North Glenmore Elementary. Construction is well underway to open five new prefabricated classrooms in the fall.

The province approved more than $180 million to create 2,385 new student seats in the Central Okanagan School District over the past six years. This includes the 12-classroom addition at École Dr. Knox Middle School underway, the completed École H.S. Grenda Middle and funding for the new George Pringle Secondary.

Since September 2017, the provincial government has provided over $4 billion for new schools, upgrades, and land purchases for future schools to be built.

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Brittany Webster

About the Author: Brittany Webster

I am a video journalist based in Kelowna and capturing life in the Okanagan
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