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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.

Free Septic Smart Workshops

The Regional District of Nanaimo is offering free Septic Smart workshops to residents on how to properly care for their residential septic systems.

Learn how to maintain your septic system so that it will last longer and function properly and have the least impact on your house and property.

Gabriola Commons  Monday October 29, 6:30 – 8:00pm  675 North Road, Gabriola Island.

Bradley Centre  Tuesday October 30, 6:30 – 8:00pm  975 Shearme Road, Coombs.

Cranberry Hall  Wednesday November 7, 6:30 – 8:00pm  1555 Morden Road, South Wellington.

Register for the workshops by calling 250-248-3252 or 1-888-828-2069 for more information visit the Regional District of Nanaimo

Cedar Main Street Design Project

You are invited to an open house on the Cedar Main Street Project – Community Design Charrette.

The Open House will be held at Cedar Secondary School, 1640 MacMillan Road, on     Tuesday, June 19, 2012 from 4pm to 7pm followed by a presentation from 7pm to 9pm.

This planning initiative is aimed at creating an illustrated village plan for the area, which includes the lands located on both sides of Cedar Road between MacMillan and Hemer Roads.

The Cedar Main Street Design Project is intended to guide the future development of the main street corridor. The resulting plan could result in changes within the community including land use, transportation, housing, recreation, employment, and servicing.

For more information visit the Regional District of Nanaimo.

Island Grown Argicultural Survey

Do you know where your food comes from and if it is grown here on Vancouver Island?

You are encouraged to take a survey about your locally grown food on Growing Our Future www.growingourfuture.ca. The online survey is open until June 11, 2012.

The Regional District of Nanaimo has a ‘Agricultural Area Plan’ that is intended to celebrate and expand local food production and identifying barriers and opportunities for growth in the local agriculture industry.  You can find out more about what’s being done to secure local food sources. Also, background reports and information are also available on the site.

Watershed Protection Program

Green building and water protection incentives are now available to residents for:

  • upgrading old wood stoves
  • installing domestic solar hot water systems
  • rainwater harvesting
  • grading site-cut timber for use in construction
  • conducting home energy assessments
  • installing a residential electric vehicle charging station

Those who achieve a high score on the Sustainable Development Checklist can be eligible for an additional incentive ranging in value from $500 to $1000.

Incentives are limited and available on a first come, first served basis.  Approval is required before you can claim rainwater harvesting.

For more information visit The Regional District of Nanaimo or email sustainability(at)rdn.bc.ca.

New Look for Cedar Main Street

The Regional District of Nanaimo is resuming the Main Street design for Cedar with a four day workshop and presentation, starting today. The charrette will take place at the Cedar Heritage Centre located at 1644 MacMillan Road in Cedar.

Cedar Community Design Charrette Schedule of Events
Day Date Event Time Purpose
Wednesday January 25th, 2012 Presentations 9:30am – 12:00pm Overview of the project
Thursday January 26th, 2012 Presentation 7:30pm – 8:30pm Presentation of concept sketches
Friday January 27th, 2012 Work Day (no formal public event) n/a n/a
Saturday January 28th, 2012 Open House and presentation 3:00pm – 5:00pm Presentation of final concept sketches

In addition to the above, community members may drop in to the Cedar Heritage Centre to view design progress, make suggestions, share ideas, and ask questions at any time within the designated site office hours identified below.

Date Site Office Hours Cedar Heritage Centre
Wednesday January 25th, 2012 1:00 -5:00pm
Thursday January 26th, 2012 9:00am – 5:00pm
Friday January 27th, 2012 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday January 28th, 2012 9:00am – 3:00pm

For more information please visit the Regional District of Nanaimo website at www.rdn.bc.ca, email to cedarmainstreet(at)rdn.bc.ca or call Greg Keller, Senior Planner at (250) 390-6510.