UPDATED: Special meeting will consider closing Lochiel U-Connect school

Langley School District has been looking into which school sites it can sell. The actual program will be moved to another location.

The Langley Board of Education has called a special meeting on Tuesday, April 7 to consider permanently closing Lochiel U-Connect school.

The only agenda item for this meeting is the notice of motion to consider the permanent closure of the south Langley school.

Lochiel U-Connect Centre offers a unique, blended, site-based/home learning environment for students from Kindergarten to Grade 9. The actual program will move to another site.

In addition to supporting the 200 students who are on site, some tutorials are offered online via web-conferencing. Students can log into a class from home.

Located at 1460 224 Street, the school caters to students who don’t work well in traditional schooling. Many more students with anxiety are connecting and succeeding at Lochiel.

Langley School District has been looking into which school sites it can sell, in order to pay for building a new high school in Willoughby.

The provincial government wants the district to come up with as much as half the capital cost, estimated to be at least $60 million.

Closure of Langley Secondary had been up for consideration, but trustees resoundingly agreed that LSS has value and should stay.

The meeting is at 7 p.m.