Weigh in on Land Use in the Coquitlam School District


School District 43 Coquitlam land use

Over the next decade, 5000 more students will join the kindergarten to grade 12 in the local public school system. Much of the growth is going to be concentrated in areas such as Burke Mountain and Port Moody. School District 43 is planning for that growth now. They know they need to build new schools in areas of highest growth, upgrade and refurbish existing schools to better serve students, and add new school infrastructure to improve the learning environment. They are also reviewing how we can make the best use of existing properties.

From October 29 to November 28, 2013, the school district will engage moms, dads, grandparents, students and residents in a conversation to share ideas and input. They need fresh new perspectives to help guide their decisions.

Four properties are currently under consideration to determine if the district is making the best us of them. They are also considering other ways to maximize their value for students. The properties are:

  • Coronation Park Elementary – Closed in 2005, the school sits empty. It’s in very poor condition, and it’s not expected to be needed for educational purposes.
  • Moody Elementary – The school was built in the 1950’s for 250 students, and it is currently in very poor condition on a small site. With expected enrollment of almost 450 by 2026, the existing school will not meet local needs over the next decade.
  • Parkland Elementary – The school board has approved the sale of a portion of the school property, however the zoning application requires public consultation.
  • Victoria Park – A portion of the park used to be a school site until 1968. It is currently used as a park. The school district does not expect to use it for any future educational purposes.

A number of events will be held to gather public input:

Public Open House

Tuesday, October 29, 2013, 6:30-8:30pm, Moody Middle School Gymnasium

Join the Board of Education, school district employees and members of the community at this open house to learn more about the Learning, Land and Neighbourhoods Initiative and the engagement process. You will also get an overview of the four properties under consideration.

Community Workshop #1: Moody Elementary

Wednesday, November 6, 2013, 6:30-8:30pm, Moody Elementary School Gymnasium

Community Workshop #2: Victoria Park

Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 6:30-8:30pm, Leigh School Gymnasium

Community Workshop #3: Coronation Park Elementary

Wednesday, November 27, 2013, 6:30-8:30pm, Moody Middle School Gymnasium

Community Workshop #3: Coronation Park Elementary

Thursday, November 28, 2013, 6:30-8:30pm, Parkland Elementary School Gymnasium

An online questionnaire will also be available between October 29 and December 6, 2013. To find that, or to learn more about the process, visit www.sd43.bc.ca/landmngmt. You can also give your feedback via Facebook and Twitter, using the hashtag #sd43lln.

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Comments

  1. Gina Willman says:

    Moving or closing down Moody Elementary would be tragic. If one needs to rebuild the school on the site it is on, then do that. It is economical to have it at the same place, as it is direct on the bus routes in Port Moody. The children that go there now, will have to be bussed elsewhere and that would be an inconvenience. The area where the children play and learn is major for their upbringing. I went to that school , Port Moody Elementary years ago and it is part of my life. Please save the school
    Gina Willman