Education Minister Rob Fleming will be in Chilliwack Friday, Dec. 13 at A.D. Rundle middle school for an announcement “about supporting students Chilliwack.” (Paul Henderson/ Progress file)

Education Minister to make announcement in Chilliwack Friday

Visit points to possible support for arts-and-technology school at former UFV site

Education Minister Rob Fleming is coming to Chilliwack on Friday for an announcement “about supporting students [in] Chilliwack,” according to a media invitation.

Fleming will be at A.D. Rundle middle school in the morning, and some speculate that the minister will be here to announce provincial support for the new Integrated Arts and Technology school the school board approved in May.

That new school will be located at the old UFV Theatre site on Yale Road, adjacent to A.D. Rundle, and is slated to be ready for September 2020.

Given the proximity to A.D. Rundle, the Chilliwack Board of Education approved turning the middle school into an arts and tech-focused school as well.

• READ MORE: New arts and tech school will open in Chilliwack in 2020

Months of planning and consultation went into the decision to an arts and technology school, and adding A.D. Rundle to the mix would create a stream from K-to-12 for students involved in the arts starting at F.G. Leary fine arts elementary.

Minister Fleming was in Chilliwack in September to announce $48.6 million for the new Kindergarten-to-grade-8 school on the south side next to the Vedder River set to open in 2022.

• READ MORE: Province pledges nearly $49 million for new Chilliwack school

Visit Friday for updates on the announcement.

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