Rally for new schools Thursday at Belmont

Parents and students are banding together Thursday for a rally and barbecue to support the drive for new West Shore schools.

Parents and students are banding together Thursday for a rally and barbecue to support the drive for new West Shore schools.

The event is 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Belmont secondary on Jacklin Road on June 16.

The Sooke School District has been lobbying the Ministry of Education for years to fund buildign two new high schools on the West Shore. A rapidly growing population and aging Belmont are the primary drivers.

“Students and parents want to keep awareness out there,” said Stephanie Longstaff, president of the Sooke District Parents’ Advisory Council. “We were supposed to know in May this year. We want to hear an answer from the ministry — yes, no or otherwise.”

A lack of a decision also makes it difficult to budget maintenance on Belmont and prompted student Ravi Parmar to organize a student walkout a few weeks ago.

“Hopefully we can get the community out there to show support,” Longstaff said. “We want the Ministry’s OK.”


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