Update on Proposed Changes to Catchment Areas and Programs of Choice Locations (December 14, 2017)
The school district presented proposals on changes to catchment areas and Programs of Choice locations at public information sessions two weeks ago with a request for written feedback on those proposed changes. The feedback received was passionate and we understand and empathize with families as we determine how to best manage enrolment and class composition pressures at our schools.
SD43’s Board of Education and staff have been listening, value the considerable public feedback received and are working to thoroughly review it with the intention of revising some of the recommendations. This analysis and revision process will take more time to finalize than originally planned. To allow for this, the December 20 special public board meeting has been cancelled.
SD43’s primary goal for these proposed changes is to comply with the class size and composition legal requirements, manage enrolment pressures and maintain programs of choice in a way that strives to minimize the impact on students, families, employees and schools.
To that end, engaging with our families and municipal partners has been important in creating a mutual understanding of each other’s challenges and concerns, and a collaborative approach to exploring the options and finding solutions. We thank our parents for their feedback and our municipal partners for their support as we work to achieve our collective goals.
As more information becomes available, additional updates will be communicated on the SD43 and school websites.
Information Review and Feedback (December 11, 2017)
Thank you to all those who provided feedback on the proposed changes outlined at the information sessions and in the presentations posted below.
Information Sessions for Catchment Areas and Programs of Choice (Posted November 17, 2017. Updated November 29, 2017)
In alignment with Policy 19 and as a part of the annual district-wide catchment boundary review, catchment areas and Programs of Choice needing alterations for the 2018-2019 school year were identified in the Spring of 2017. After a thorough analysis of short, medium and long-term enrolment trends, it was determined that action is required in a few areas.
School District 43 invites you to attend information sessions on proposed catchment area changes for regular programs and Smiling Creek Elementary, and location updates for Programs of Choice. Each of the following information sessions will include a presentation followed by an opportunity to provide written feedback.
Regular Programs Catchment Areas
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
5:30 – 7:00 pm – Regular Program Catchment Areas
(Eagle Mountain, other small changes)
Programs of Choice Locations
7:30 – 9:00 pm – Programs of Choice Location Updates
(Glen Early French Immersion, Banting Late French Immersion, and Pitt River Late French Immersion).
Winslow Centre Gym, 1100 Winslow Avenue, Coquitlam
Smiling Creek Elementary School Catchment Area
Thursday, November 30, 2017
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Leigh Elementary Gym, 1230 Soball Street, Coquitlam
Information will be provided on the proposed catchment area, student registration process, and details on students transferring or remaining in their current school.
*Final decisions on changes will be communicated out in early January 2018.