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Big lift for Sunnyside

Surrey school district construction co-ordinator Dick Koch and school board chair Laurae McNally look on as crews work on Sunnyside Elementary Tuesday. The project is to be complete in September 2013.  - Sarah Massah photo
Surrey school district construction co-ordinator Dick Koch and school board chair Laurae McNally look on as crews work on Sunnyside Elementary Tuesday. The project is to be complete in September 2013.
— image credit: Sarah Massah photo

Not even the gloomy skies could dampen Surrey school board chair Laurae McNally’s spirit this week as she watched construction crews work on the new Sunnyside Elementary.

“I’m the sidewalk superintendent,” she joked Tuesday. “I come by four times a week to see how it’s doing. We’ve been waiting for schools in Surrey for so long, so it’s great to see the progress.”

Crews used two cranes to lift three of five trusses for the school’s gymnasium – the biggest lift for the project at 2828 159 St.

Replacement of the old Sunnyside Elementary – located at 15250 28 Ave. – was given the green light by the provincial government in the 2005-’06 school year. However, the process was put on hold after the district was told to build the school as a Neighbourhood Learning Centre with Montessori school components. Then, once again, when the district was waiting for the OK from the province.

Despite the setbacks, McNally said she was happy to hear from school district construction co-ordinator Dick Koch that there is a possibility the school will be finished by July, weeks before its September 2013 deadline.

“The crew has been working around the clock. I’ve come by on weekends and in the evening and they’re still working away,” she said.

 

 

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