More students putting pressure on Sooke schools

School district planning new school and facilities expansions

Changes are coming to Sooke schools.

The Sooke School District board made a presentation to council on Monday about what local schools can expect in coming years.

The district’s recently-released long-range facilities plan projects an increase of 4,400 students in the next 10 years, about 570 of which are expected for Sooke schools.

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Due to the large influx of students, the changes include expanding Edward Milne Community School and Journey Middle School, and building a new elementary school at Sunriver.

The school district would like to add 100 spots to EMCS, and 105 seats to Journey.

“This is phenomenal growth for that amount of time, and we predict it will continue for at least the next two decades,” superintendent Jim Cambridge told council.

“We are trying to rationalize and prepare for the pressure, which is why we are looking to expand schools rather than build new ones, because we are more likely to receive funding from the government that way.”

Mayor Maja Tait was excited to see the presentation, and was thankful the school district is doing so much advocating for Sooke schools.

To view the school district’s long-range facilities plan, please go online to www.sd62.bc.ca.



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