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REPORTING · 15th January 2012
Walter McFarlane
There will be a public hearing on the Coast Mountain’s School District 82’s Building Plan on Wednesday, January 18th, 7 pm at Mount Elizabeth Secondary School.

“The School District is having a public hearing on facilities plan. The School District is divided into three sections,” said School District Trustee Raymond Raj.

This report divides the region into three zones. Kitimat, Terrace and the North East. The Terrace zone includes Thornhill and the Northeast Zone includes Stewart, Kitwanga and Hazelton.

Raj expressed this public hearing could be the first step in a closure of another School in Kitimat, Kildala or Nechako, within the next few years. This report was put together by someone outside the region.

He encouraged everyone to read the plan and show up and say “NO” to it. The facilities plan is on the School Board Website.

The report recommends disposing of surplus property and closing either Nechako or Kildala Elementary School within a few years time.

Similar meetings will be meeting in Hazelton on Monday, January 16th and in Terrace on Tuesday, January 24th.
Comment by jessica snider on 20th January 2012
what is that saying about our community??? as it is,,, we only have two elementry schools. my daughter has to travel across town to go to school. pretty sad when we have more places to buy booze compared to places where our kids can get a decent education without being in a packed school.CLOSE DOWN A LIQOUR STORE AND OPEN ANOTHER SCHOOL!!! thats what our community needs
Double the schools in Terrace
Comment by Michael Avery on 18th January 2012
I read the plan and decided that it was interesting how much school money was concentrated in Terrace. We have lost our choice to choose as our school system gets decided by region instead of what each actual community needs.Kitimat is not Terrace, but I wonder have much our school budget fails because of administration and transportation costs involved in running it from Terrace. Terrace which has double the schools Kitimat has, will obviously put their budget first, and we can pick from what's left I suppose. This town is set to boom for a couple years so it's funny to hear of tax increases and school closures.
stupidity at its finest
Comment by Apocalypse Now on 17th January 2012
I hope city council is going to jump on the No bandwagon. If the province wants to save money on education ,they should scrap the stupid carbon tax ,it is costing all school districts around the province a fortune. We will never meet our targets any ways because the conservatives and liberals are not serious about global warming . With the amount of LNG projects slated for construction BC especially has no hope in hell of meeting any of its targets,So as far as I am concerned ,the carbon tax is just that,an excuse to squeeze more mony out of us with no benefit to any one.
Interesting Read
Comment by David on 14th January 2012
Just read the report. The report calls for a middle school at the high school and closure of either Kildala or Nechako. The report also states that 500 plus kids can be accommodated at each of these two schools.

I believe the best option would be to scrap the middle school concept, set reasonable capacity numbers at Nechako and Kildala. Also, I think we should consider building a smaller replacement school in Kildala. With a replacement the capacity would be closer to utilization and we would have a state of the art school. A new school designed to facilitate learning. The schools are near their current life span anyways.