Nanaimo school board committee recommends re-opening Cedar secondary school

NANAIMO - A recommendation has been proposed to re-open the school in Cedar as a high school.

The Nanaimo school district business committee is recommending that the school in Cedar be re-opened as a Grade 8-12 high school in time for 2016.

The facility was being converted to an elementary school, but work was delayed to allow for a review of the district’s 10-year facilities plan, which the conversion was part of.

Trustee Natasha Bob proposed the recommendation at the committee meeting Wednesday night. Jamie Brennan, Bill Robinson and Tania Brzovic voted against the motion.

“It turns the clock backwards and it’s going to be very costly, as I said [Wednesday] night, it adds secondary capacity to our already over capacity system,” said Brennan. “It’s really a retrograde step.”

Brennan also disagreed with the timing, given the results of the facilities plan review were made public earlier during the meeting.

“Before there was any opportunity to discuss the results and to get any staff assessment of the results, they moved to re-open the school,” Brennan said.

Steve Rae, school board chairman, said trustees had time to review the facilities plan report, as they had received it a week earlier and were at consultation meetings.

“We all attended all the roundtables, we attended all the stakeholder meetings, we attended all the presentations. This isn’t information that was just dropped on us yesterday,” Rae said.

Cost hasn’t been determined yet, according to Rae, as staff will make a recommendation on how work should be finished.

“There’s not a lot of work done to the inside of the building luckily, and that is the reason why we moved so quickly, because we wanted to move before we started spending a lot of money in that building to see if that was the way we were going to go …

“So until we determine what it is we want, we have no idea what the cost will be,” said Rae.

He denied the suggestion, made by other trustees, that the decision to re-open the school was pre-determined.

“That is completely not true. We all went into this with an open mind. We did and that’s the reality of it,” Rae said.

Trustees are expected to vote on the recommendation at their April 22 board meeting.

Just Posted

Graeme Roberts, who was mayor of Nanaimo from 1984-86, died this month at age 89. (Photo courtesy Nanaimo Community Archives)
City of Nanaimo flags at half-mast as former mayor Graeme Roberts dies at 89

‘Giant-killer’ beat out Frank Ney in mayoral election in 1984

Curl B.C. chairperson Teri Palynchuk is this year’s winner of the Janette Robbins Award for leadership. Palynchuk is pictured here with the Curling Canada Foundation Cup along with past chairperson Peter Muir, left, and Curl B.C. CEO Scott Braley. (Photo courtesy Curl B.C.)
Nanaimo curling exec wins Curl B.C. leadership award

Teri Palynchuk receives Janette Robbins Award

(Black Press file photo)
RCMP: Air ambulance called to Whiskey Creek after crash involving 2 motorbikes

Both riders taken to hospital with serious injuries

Vancouver courthouse. (Photo: Tom Zytaruk)
Man loses bid to appeal conviction for 1999 rape at Abbotsford music festival

James Redden, 53, formerly of Nanaimo, was found guilty in 2019 following six-day trial

People watch a car burn during a riot following game 7 of the NHL Stanley Cup final in downtown Vancouver, B.C., in this June 15, 2011 photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Geoff Howe
10 years ago: Where were you during the 2011 Vancouver Stanley Cup Riots?

Smashed-in storefronts, looting, garbage can fires and overturned cars some of the damage remembered today

(Black Press Media file)
Dirty money: Canadian currency the most germ-filled in the world, survey suggests

Canadian plastic currency was found to contain 209 bacterial cultures

(pixabay file shot)
B.C. ombudsperson labels youth confinement in jail ‘unsafe,’ calls for changes

Review states a maximum of 22 hours for youth, aged 12 from to 17, to be placed in solitary

Eleonore Alamillo-Laberge, 6, reads a book in Ottawa on Monday, June 12, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Parents will need to fight ‘COVID learning slump’ over summer: B.C. literacy experts

Parents who play an active role in educating their children this summer can reverse the slump by nearly 80%, says Janet Mort

The border crossing on Highway 11 in Abbotsford heading south (file)
Western premiers call for clarity, timelines on international travel, reopening rules

Trudeau has called Thursday meeting, premiers say they expect to leave that meeting with a plan

The B.C. government’s vaccine booking website is busy processing second-dose appointments, with more than 76 per cent of adults having received a first dose. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C.’s COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations stable for Tuesday

108 new confirmed cases, 139 in hospital, 39 in intensive care

Cowichan Tribes man Adrian Sylvester is worried that he was targetted by a trailer hitch thrown from a vehicle. (Facebook photo)
Cowichan Tribes man worried he was target of trailer hitch

Adrian Sylvester says no one has reported a missing hitch after one nearly hit him

CVSAR search the Puntledge River following a report of an abandoned kayak. Photo, CVSAR Facebook page
Comox Valley Search and Rescue spends four hours searching for no one

Overturned kayak a reminder for public to contact officials if they have to abandon a watercraft

A worker, at left, tends to a customer at a cosmetics shop amid the COVID-19 pandemic Thursday, May 20, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Half of cosmetics sold in Canada, U.S. contain toxic chemicals: study

Researchers found that 56% of foundations and eye products contain high levels of fluorine

Most Read