A new Parkcrest elementary is revealed

In September 2019, a fire gutted the old school in Brocklehurst and it was later demolished. The new school is expected to open in the spring of 2024.

School District 73 has revealed its design for a new Parkcrest elementary school.

In September 2019, a fire gutted the old school in Brocklehurst and it was later demolished.

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A cause was never determined.

Hundreds of students were displaced, but taken up days later in other school facilities, including George Hilliard elementary.

The school’s replacement, set to open by the spring of 2024, will feature a larger gymnasium and other improvements.

“Now our school will be restored even better than it was before,” incoming SD73 superintendent Rhonda Nixon said.

Parkcrest fire
Despite the efforts of Kamloops firefighters, Parkcrest elementary was lost to flames on Sept. 5, 2019. - Michael Potestio/KTW file

Construction is expected to get underway this summer. The school was designed by Station One architects, which also designed the ongoing expansion at Valleyview secondary.

The single-storey school will measure about 47,000 square feet in size and includes 18 classrooms, three kindergarten rooms and a gymnasium twice as large as its predecessor.

It will also feature a neighbourhood learning centre space.

The new school also boasts better energy efficiency, is built to LEED gold standards and has an increased capacity of 510 students, up from 390.

Funding for the school comes mostly from the provincial government, its contribution being $34.84 million.

The district itself contributed $300,000 and the City of Kamloops added $2.5 million to the pot for the larger gymnasium for sporting events.

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