Two new West Langford schools will be ready to welcome 1,200 students by September 2022 as construction is underway for Pexsiseṉ Elementary and Centre Mountain Lellum Middle schools.
- Pexsiseṉ (PUXX/SEE/SUNG) is a Lekwungen and SENĆOŦEN word gifted to the Sooke School District by the Songhees First Nation. It means “the opening of hands” or “to have one’s hands wide open.”
- The term Lellum (LAY-LUM) in Centre Mountain Lellum was gifted to the Sooke School District by Sc’ianew Nation (Beecher Bay) and carries the meaning of house and the idea of community, where children are raised.
The construction project is 25% complete and structural steel is expected to arrive in late March 2021.
The Government of B.C. is providing $88.6 million to build the two new schools at the corner of Constellation Avenue and the West Shore Parkway. These new schools will add 1,200 new student seats to the community, reducing the need for portables at nearby schools.
The site for both schools has now been prepared with concrete foundations and retaining walls in place, allowing for construction to begin.
In addition, there will be a new neighbourhood learning centre on site with new, before- and after-school child care spaces to further support young families in the community.