A project agreement has been signed paving the way for a new $22.7-million middle school in the rapidly growing Yorkson community in Langley.

The new Yorkson Area Middle school will accommodate 750 students in grades 6 to 8. The project includes space for a Neighbourhood Learning Centre (NLC) that will deliver a range of community services to area residents. The anticipated occupancy date is September 2014.

Close to 150 jobs will be created during construction. The school will be built to a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold standard to minimize environmental impact while increasing energy efficiency.

Currently, two more new school projects are underway in the Langley area. Construction will start shortly on the new $12.6-million elementary in the South East Yorkson area and the new $12.8 million Lynn Fripps Elementary is scheduled to welcome students in early September.