Walnut Grove Family of Schools Newsletter Insert – October 18, 2017
Walnut Grove Middle School Update Meeting October 18, 2017
Mal Gill, Assistant Superintendent, invited PAC’s and Administrators from the Walnut Grove region to update schools on the process for transition to middle schools in our region. At this meeting, the two motions passed by the Board during the May 30, 2017 public meeting specific to our region were shared. The motions read as follows:
Motion 1: That the Board of Education directs staff to establish a Transition Committee to report back to the Board by March 2018 with an implementation plan for establishing the middle school model in the Walnut Grove community which will include a timeline, facility change requirements and education programming implications.
Motion 2: That the Board of Education directs staff to request Ministry of Education capital funding in the year Capital Plan submission for acquisition of a site for construction of a middle school and sufficient funds to renovate an elementary school to a second middle school facility.
The main points of the presentation included that the school district believes in the middle model and are moving ahead with plans to transition all families of schools as resources will allow. Specifically, for the Walnut Grove region, staff and trustees heard the recommendations from our community during consultations and has, as per motion 2, requested the acquisition of a site for construction of a new middle and sufficient funds to renovate an elementary school to a second middle school facility. Although, it has been published that West Langley has been chosen as the second site, final recommendations have not been made to convert any elementary school. The district will await a response from the ministry before making final decisions regarding the transition of an elementary school to a middle school facility. In addition, land cannot be acquired until the approval process from the ministry is complete.
The PAC, after an informative presentation from the principal and vice principal of Yorkson Creek Middle School, provided feedback regarding the following two questions:
Langley School District is moving towards a middle school structures (timeline to be determined)–With the current grade structure, what middle opportunities are possible?
Our family of school administrative teams will work closely with their schools to begin the process, within our current K-7 and 8-12 structure, to implement some aspects of the middle school pillars so that our children can begin to benefit from the middle experience. Once the ministry provides some direction regarding the motion requesting support for funding for a new middle and money towards the renovation of a current elementary school, a transition team will be created and the hard work of timelines, facility change requirements and education programming implications will commence.
Walnut Grove Community Meeting – May 2, 2017
Walnut Grove Community Meeting – February 27, 2017
Click image below to view PowerPoint presentation from the Monday, February 27 meeting.
Walnut Grove Community Meeting – January 31, 2017
Click the image to access the PowerPoint presentation from the first DW Poppy Community Meeting (PDF document).
Walnut Grove Letter to the Community – December 7, 2016
Walnut Grove letter to the community December 7th, 2016. The letter outlines the next steps in the community consultation process for the transition to middle school programming, including dates of individual community consultations.