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It takes a great deal of capital for the district to develop the property itself.  At this point there isn’t sufficient funds to complete much needed capital projects for educational purposes.  It is an option for the Coquitlam School District to enter into a long term lease situation with a third party; however, in the past this option has not been economically viable.  As property values increase, we will continue to explore this option.
  
No proposals in this regard have been made at this time.
  
Consultation is only getting started; we need to hear from the community first on how to make the best of use of the properties. Potential revenue will depend on the outcome of this consultation and ultimately on how we move forward with the properties.
  
The only proposal being considered at this time is for the Parkland Elementary School site; this is a result of discussion started with residents last year. For this property, the board made a decision on the proposal to create eight, single family, residential lots along the Como Lake Avenue frontage of the Parkland Elementary School site. This represents approximately 12 per cent of the existing school site area that would not change or reduce the size of the existing school playing field or affect school programs. Before proceeding with this decision, however, the board is sharing information on its decision and gathering ideas on how to make the transition in a way that benefits existing and future students, parents and local residents.
  
By law, any revenues raised through this process cannot go into general operations funding and must be dedicated to new and/or improved school infrastructure. This includes new schools, refurbishing others, or providing the capital money needed to improve infrastructure.
  
Our board members represent the communities we serve, and have been to the properties many times. The board and indeed the school district employees, are keenly aware of community use of these properties. That is why this process is inviting input not only from parents, students and educators, but from local residents as well who would be affected by any decisions on these properties. 
  
The provincial Ministry of Education legally owns these four properties; the government purchases the land and then turns over stewardship of the property to the school district for educational purposes. The school district requires the Minister of Education’s approval for sales and leases longer than 10 years.
  
We are committed to hearing from the public; we want to hear their concerns as well as the ideas for the four properties. No final decisions have been made on Coronation Park, Moody Elementary School or the Parkland site. Public input will help shape the options under consideration and the board’s ultimate decision.
 
For the Parkland property, we started conversation with the public in 2012 and the board subsequently made the decision on the proposal to create eight, single family, residential lots along the Como Lake Avenue frontage of the Parkland Elementary School site. This represents approximately 12 per cent of the existing school site area that would not change or reduce the size of the existing school playing field or affect school programs. Before moving forward with this decision, however, the board wants to hear ideas on how to make this transition in a way that will benefit existing and future students, parents and local residents.
  
The Board of Education will evaluate all proposed options on multiple factors, including economic, environment and social benefits and impacts, ensuring those options fit with the Board’s mandate to guide the provision of educational services to students. Specifically, factors such as safety, school capacity, educational function and community use will be considered. Consideration of these factors will be balanced with available funds.
  
By law, any revenues raised through this process cannot go into general operations funding and must be dedicated to new and/or improved school infrastructure. This includes new schools, refurbishing others, or providing the capital money needed to improve infrastructure.
  
The land is owned by the Coquitlam School District, which must manage it in accordance with the School Act and all requirements set out by the Province of BC and consistent with Board Policy 21 - Disposal of Real Property.
  

Based on the input received through the public consultation period, the Board of Directors will decide next steps for these properties in January 2014.

Learn more about the Board of Education’s Guiding Principles for decision making.

  
The Board of Education will review and consider all input to broaden their understanding of community perspectives, ideas and priorities. The board will also evaluate all proposed options on multiple factors, including economic, environmental and social benefits and impacts.
 
Learn more about the Board of Education’s Community Engagement Commitment.

  
From October 29 to November 28, 2013, we are holding workshops with local politicians, a public open house and four public workshops—one for each property under consideration. You can also fill out the online survey.
 
Go to the Act, Connect and Attend sections to find out how you can get involved.
  

Absolutely not! By law, any revenues raised through this process cannot go into general operations and must be dedicated to new and/or improved infrastructure, including building new schools, refurbishing or adding to existing schools, or providing the capital money needed to improve infrastructure.

Go to Guiding Principles to learn more about the principles guiding decision making in this initiative.

  

We are looking for creative and innovative solutions that will help make the best use of existing properties. Our decisions will be guided by choices that realize the full social and financial value of our assets. We will balance maximum return with the broader community needs and objectives. Any solutions must support capital school infrastructure investments.

Go to Guiding Principles to learn more about the principles guiding decision making in this initiative.

  

School district properties are regularly reviewed for their safety, functionality and contribution to growing student demand. As stewards of public resources, the Board of Education needs to ensure we are making the best use of our existing properties.

Go to Projects Under Consideration to learn more about each property.

  
By maximizing the value of properties under consideration, our goal is to create the revenue to goes straight into local school infrastructure projects, including infrastructure improvements, facility upgrades, additions or new schools.
  

The Board of Education is preparing for future growth in students within the school district. That includes reviewing how we manage our land assets to better support the growing need. Through the Learning, Land and Neighbourhoods initiative, four properties are under consideration to determine if we are making the best of use of them or if there are other ways in which we can maximize their value for students today and in the future.

Read the Community Consultation Guide to learn more.

School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)

550 Poirier St, Coquitlam BC
V3J 6A7
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