Langley School District hosts community feedback sessions

The Langley School District is turning to the community for help with the development of the Long Term Facilities Plan.

The Langley School District is turning to the community for help with the development of the Long Term Facilities Plan.

The district is holding six community consultation meetings this month at each high school in the district for families to attend.

In February, the Board of Education posted a draft online of its vision statement and guiding principles of the plan for public feedback.

According to the draft, the long term plan will “enhance student learning by supporting educational programming initiatives and addressing changing demographics within an equitable and financially sustainable framework.”

The plan will focus on creating new educational programs and providing support for current successful ones, ensuring changing enrolment rates in schools will be accommodated for the next 10-15 years and creating more efficiency within facility and administrative costs.

It also includes the construction of the new Lynn Fripps Elementary School, which will be open for class this September, as well as a new middle school that is scheduled to open in September, 2014. Both will help to alleviate classroom overcrowding on the Willoughby slope.

The public is encouraged to attend the information meetings and to voice their opinions on what the plan should include.

Dates for the meetings are:

• Wednesday, April 4, 6:30-8 p.m. in the Walnut Grove Secondary School library.

• Tuesday, April 10, 7-8:30 p.m. in the Brookswood Secondary School library.

• Monday, April 16, 6:30-8 p.m. in the Aldergrove Community Secondary School library.

• Wednesday, April 18, 6:30-8 p.m. in the Langley Secondary School library.

• Monday, April 23, 6:30-8 p.m. in the D.W. Poppy Secondary library.

• Tuesday, April 24, 7-8:30 p.m. in the R.E. Mountain Secondary library.

Additional surveys and town hall meetings will be scheduled in the coming months as the plan evolves. Any questions or feedback can be emailed to facilitiesplanfeedback@sd35.bc.ca.