The school district’s continued growth demonstrates the need for the province to fund new schools, says letter writer. (News Bulletin file photo)

The school district’s continued growth demonstrates the need for the province to fund new schools, says letter writer. (News Bulletin file photo)

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Province should plan to pay for new schools in Nanaimo

Growing enrolment in Nanaimo-Ladysmith demonstrates need for capital projects, says letter writer

To the editor,

Re: SD68 student count exceeds expectations by 415 pupils, Oct. 27.

This report illustrates just how important it is to ensure that our district is receiving its fair share in provincial infrastructure funding. 415 students is an entire elementary school amount of students. This type of continued annual growth is unsustainable without a serious investment in new schools, and the province should be redirecting money for capital projects from areas of the province with declining enrolment to districts with unprecedented growth such as Nanaimo-Ladysmith.

I say this not as president of Randerson Ridge PAC, but as a parent: Upgrading schools such as Pleasant Valley and Frank J. Ney is a wonderful first start, but the next new school built must be at the Rutherford location because surrounding schools need capacity relief as soon as possible.

Mark Robinson, Nanaimo


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