December 9, 2015
To School District 72 Parents/Guardians, Staff and Our Communities,
Re: Update on the Process and Progress of the SD72 Facility Review and Plan
The Campbell River Board of Education had their regular public meeting on the evening of December 8. This was the night for school trustees to vote on the seven recommendations included in the draft facility plan presented at the previous public meeting on November 17.
After a two week period to receive initial comments and responses from the public about the draft report and recommendations, the board met to receive and review the input. Following an in-depth discussion, senior management were directed to revise the language of several recommendations. The changes were to reflect the questions, concerns, and feedback submitted by the public.
At the December 8 meeting, members of the public had further opportunity for input by offering a verbal public submission, or more formally, an agenda submission. No agenda submissions were received, and only one public submission was made. Jim Abram, current chair of the Strathcona Regional District, read aloud the written submission from the district, which had been received in late November.
When the revised recommendations were presented by senior management at the meeting, each recommendation was presented separately, with the old wording and the revised wording displayed at the same time for comparison. These are available for viewing online at: www.sd72.bc.ca/Publications/2015-12-08
Facility Plan Board Working File.pdf. Senior management spoke to each item, then trustees were able to further question and discuss each recommendation as it currently appeared.
With the intention of clarity, each recommendation was then voted upon separately; the final result was that all recommendations were accepted. A motion was then passed to accept the 10 year facility plan as amended, and the board directed senior management to provide their recommendation and rationale for which two schools the board should consider for possible closure at the January 12 public meeting.
Campbell River Mayor Andy Adams and councillors in attendance complimented the School District 72 board and management for their responsiveness to community input and resolve in proposing public consultation throughout the final facility plan and its implementation. On behalf of the City of Campbell River and council, Mayor Adams supported the plan and offered the City’s participation in any future community consultations and lobbying initiatives with the Ministry of Education or other provincial ministries.
The board would like to thank everyone for their suggestions and comments on the draft plan. The final facility plan provides a framework for moving ahead in our district to improve facilities to support student learning. We look forward to working closely with the community over the next few years as the various phases of our new facility plan are addressed.
Susan Wilson, Chair
On behalf of the School District 72 Board of Education