SD68 school closures and coal mines

On Wednesday, June 26, 2013, the Nanaimo/Ladysmith School Trustees voted on accepting a 10 year educational plan for School District 68 (SD68). The SD68 school closures are as follows:

2013 School Closures:
Junior Learning Alternatives, 897 Harbour View St., Nanaimo
South Wellington Elementary, 1536 Morden Road, Nanaimo

2014 School Closures:
Senior Learning Alternatives (VAST), 10 Strickland St., Nanaimo
Cedar Community Secondary, 1640 Macmillan Rd, Nanaimo

2015 School Closures:
Woodbank Primary, 1984 Woobank Rd., Nanaimo
North Cedar Intermediate, 2215 Gould Road, Nanaimo

Deferred School Closures:
North Oyster Elementary, 13470 Cedar Road
École Davis Road Elementary, 444 Parkhill Terrace, Ladysmith

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SD68 School Closure Map

Ladysmith École Davis Road Elementary fights on

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Ladysmith Ecole Davis School

Elementary School École Davis Road in Ladysmith was slated in 2012 as the first school in SD68 to receive renovations. Now SD68 wants to close it.

Before these school closures were announced, SD68 had 31 elementary schools, 7 secondary schools and 2 secondary alternate schools.

Nanaimo gets school closures; Victoria gets new schools

At the same time as Nanaimo, Cedar, and Ladysmith are facing school closures, Oak Bay, Langford, and Sooke are getting new schools, as part of the province’s $353 million school capital plan announced in October 31, 2011.

SD62 (Sooke) and Oak Bay will get 3 secondary schools for a total cost of $144.9 million:

  • replacement for Belmont Secondary $54 million
  • new secondary school in Royal Bay $40.8 million
  • new Oak Bay High School $50.1 million

George Abbott, former Minister of Education, had announced on December 9, 2011:

“$1.5 million in funding will be provided to support rural and remote elementary schools with fewer than 75 students that are 40 km from the next school… $3.7 million in funding will be added to the Low Enrolment Factor, increasing it to approximately $52.8 million to provide $1.375 million to every district with 2,500 or fewer students.”

Did they find more coal deposits and need a reason to clear everyone out? Rumours are flying around that the new Nanaimo hotel will house temporary foreign workers who will work in Cedar and Extension coal mines.