Officials broke ground on two new Langford schools Nov. 5. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)

Officials broke ground on two new Langford schools Nov. 5. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)

SD62 tweaks catchment boundaries

Addition of two schools in 2022 brings changes to Sooke School District

Sooke School District 62 has made it official.

The much-discussed changes to catchment boundaries necessitated by the addition of two new schools in 2022 were approved at a meeting on Dec. 15 by the board of education.

ALSO READ: Sooke School District opens conversation on catchment boundary changes

SD62 board chair Ravi Parmar thanked stakeholders, students and families for their participation in an extensive consultation that led to the approval of the proposed recommendations.

Notable changes involve adjusting school boundaries in Langford and Colwood to create new catchment areas for Pexisen Elementary School and Centre Mountain Lellum Middle School, which are set to open in September 2022. While most of the shifts will take place in 2022, SD62 will look at different options to minimize disruption to families, Parmar noted in a media release.

ALSO READ: Sooke School District breaks ground on two new Langford schools

The secondary level French Immersion program will move from Ecole John Stubbs to Royal Bay Secondary School.

Current French Immersion secondary students at Belmont Secondary School will complete their public education and graduate out of Belmont. The program will phase out of Belmont and into Royal Bay Secondary School. French Immersion students going into Grade 9 will head to Royal Bay, with more details to follow in the new year.

English program families living in the Belmont Park area will shift from Crystal View Elementary School to Colwood Elementary School. There is an option for students to “grandparent” into their current schools as well.

“We are pleased that in September 2022 we will be able to add two new schools for our community,” Parmar said. “We recognize that through the engagement process and by reviewing enrolment projections that our district will struggle to deal with the exponential growth in the West Shore and Sooke regions. Our board will continue to work with the provincial government to advocate for capital investments to build more schools for our students and staff so they can continue to learn, engage and grow in beautiful, state of the art, inclusive learning hubs.”

Scott Stinson, superintendent of schools for SD62, said the committee set out to see how the district could maximize space as the district continues to grow without overcrowding one school or under-utilizing another.

“The proposals put forward and accepted by the board truly puts families and programs first,” Stinson said.

Visit sd62.bc.ca for more information.

rick.stiebel@goldstreamgazette.com


 

Do you have a story tip? Email: vnc.editorial@blackpress.ca.

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and like us on Facebook.

SD62

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Construction was temporarily halted at Colwood’s Royal Bay on Monday, Jan. 18, after crews hit a natural gas line just before 9 a.m. (Black Press Media file photo)
No danger to public after gas leak in Colwood’s Royal Bay

Construction crews hit natural gas line just before 9 a.m.

A 45-metre tall call tower is proposed for Westhills Stadium. (Black Press Media file photo)
New cell tower proposed for Westhills Stadium in Langford

Tower will increase capacity in congested network: staff report

The new Malahat Skywalk is expected to be completed by this summer. (Submitted graphic)
Malahat Skywalk expected to be complete by this summer

$15-million project will see 650-metre elevated wooden pathway constructed

An Oak Bay Police officer handed out five tickets for “fail to obey stop sign” and two tickets for using a cell phone while driving, all within two hours at King George Terrace on Jan. 11. (Oak Bay Police Twitter)
Man confronts unmasked group at Oak Bay Marina

Oak Bay police issue plenty of tickets in short King George Terrace visit

Sequoia Coastal Coffee, the first coffee shop in Colwood’s Royal Bay neighbourhood, is temporarily closed after an employee tested positive for COVID-19 on Jan. 16. (Black Press Media file photo)
Colwood coffee shop shuts down after employee tests positive for COVID-19

Sequoia Coastal Coffee closed since Saturday, Jan. 16

A scene from “Canada and the Gulf War: In their own words,” a video by The Memory Project, a program of Historica Canada, is shown in this undated illustration. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Historica Canada
New video marks Canada’s contributions to first Gulf War on 30th anniversary

Veterans Affairs Canada says around 4,500 Canadian military personnel served during the war

Gin, one of the Kantymirs’ two sheep. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)
Sheep start up ATV, sit in cars and go for walks in Salmon Arm

Until they bought two sheep, Ken and Karleen Kantymir didin’t realize just how social the animals are

(Black Press Media file photo)
From arts to environment, nominate your West Shore hero

Nominations for the Goldstream Gazette’s Local Hero awards are open to Jan. 15

Heather Lucier, a pastor at Kelowna Harvest Fellowship, speaks to an RCMP officer outside of Harvest Ministries on Sunday, Jan. 10. (Michael Rodriguez - Capital News)
Kelowna church fined 2nd time for violating public health order

Harvest Ministries in Kelowna has previously said they will fight the tickets in court

Mount Arrowsmith. Three skiers were rescued from the south side of the mountain on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021 with one woman taken to hospital in Comox. (Nancy Randall photo)
Injured skier among three rescued in the dark from Mount Arrowsmith

‘It was a very bad, very precarious spot to be able to locate them’

Powell River-Sunshine Coast MLA Nicholas Simons was appointed to the NDP cabinet as minister of social development and poverty reduction after the October 2020 B.C. election. (Hansard TV)
B.C. job training fund increased for developmentally disabled

COVID-19 has affected 1,100 ‘precariously employed’ people

B.C. driver’s licence and identity cards incorporate medical services, but the passport option for land crossings is being phased out. (B.C. government)
B.C. abandons border ID cards built into driver’s licence

$35 option costing ICBC millions as demand dwindles

Submitted photo of Town Park C Block apartment fire.
Apartment fire in Port Hardy forces residents to jump from building

‘Multiple people were transported to the hospital with injuries from falling’

sdf
2nd in-school violence incident in Mission, B.C, ends in arrest

RCMP notified of local Instagram page with videos (now deleted) showing student assaults, bullying

Most Read