Consultation on Langley schools coming

The Langley School District wants to know what the public wants thinks of its facilities and how they are used.

The district has started a Long Term Facilities Plan Community Consultation.

The purpose of the information session is to provide the community with an overview of the Long Term Facilities Plan recommendations and the implications of possible scenarios upon implementation.

It’s focus is the areas of Langley experiencing growing pains and overcrowding.

“At this time there is no funding and no timeline but, as a community, we want to be ready with a plan when/if the Ministry of Education may make funding available,” said Ken Hoff, the district communications manager.

The R.E. Mountain and Langley Secondary catchments sessions are in early December.

Those in the LSS catchment are invited to a public session Dec. 2 at H.D. Stafford Middle School. People can attend either 3:30 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. sessions.

For the REM catchment schools, the Dec. 3 sessions are at the same time at Mountain Secondary.

Leading up to these sessions, the district held meetings Nov. 24 with the District Parent Advisory Council and the LSS and REM communities/stakeholders.

The feedback from the Dec. 2 and 3 meetings will be taken back to district meetings with DPAC and the stakeholders to be turned into recommendations that will be presented to the school board in January.

From there, the board of trustees will decide on a plan to be presented to the Ministry of Education. The district wants to do planning now so it could speed up the process when the ministry is ready to move ahead.

“There have been indications that if we formulate a plan that is ready for implementation to the Ministry of Education, funding may be made available,” Hoff explained. “Therefore, it is in the best interests of Langley’s children and students that consultation and planning begins immediately so that the District is ready should the ministry be willing to accept and review a plan.”

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