A portable was placed at Sardis elementary on Monday morning, as the school district continues to build spaces for its fast growing student base. There are 12 more portables on the way. Once a portable is in place, it takes about two weeks of preparation before a class can move in. (Jessica Peters/ The Progress)

Portable placed at Sardis elementary, more to come

Chilliwack school district awaits a dozen more portables to alleviate over capacity

A portable was moved into place this Monday at Sardis elementary, as a way to help alleviate over capacity issues.

Over the summer, the Chilliwack School District created about two dozen new spaces for classrooms, particularly in elementary schools on the south side of the highway. They said after this portable, there are still a dozen more to be placed.

Once the portables are placed on site by crews, it takes about two weeks to have them fully functional and ready for students. While the other portables at Sardis elementary are placed in the back of the school, near the playgrounds, this new portable was placed at the front of the school, near the entrance.

This year and last year, Chilliwack has seen an increase of about 300 new students into the school system — roughly the equivalent of an average-sized elementary school. Many of Chilliwack’s elementary schools are operating well over capacity, with classes being held in libraries and other areas to fit everyone in.

The district recently purchased land to potentially build another school, intended to be an elementary/middle school, close to the Vedder River

READ: Vedder River school site purchased by Chilliwack School District

They are also pushing for additions to G.W. Graham middle-secondary and Chilliwack secondary schools, and are in the midst of an expansion of Promontory elementary.

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