Comox Valley, B.C. – Comox Valley Schools is commencing an important boundary catchment
consultation process beginning 4 November to address pressure points while aligning student
placement with school capacity in the school district.
The Board of Education is seeking input from the community on important considerations when
re-evaluating catchment boundary changes to balance registration with the space availability at
specific catchment schools in the District.
Due to increasing enrollment and limited space, some schools are operating near or above
capacity with no additional room or viable options to expand, while other schools have space and
are not projected to grow. With enrollment projections expected to climb over the next 10 years
the Board is acting now to address the growing student population in the Valley.
“A growing student population, which we have experience for three consecutive years, is good
news for the District as it brings increased funding for public education. However, it does impose
pressures on school capacity,” shared Tom Demeo, Superintendent of Schools. “It’s really
important for our community to understand that they play a critical role in addressing student
population growth. Together, the Board, staff and the community can shape final decisions on
school catchments, which best reflects the needs of our students and families.”
We began a pre-consultation process last spring. At those meetings the community shared with
us that in order to help the District with this decision they needed accurate enrollment numbers
and a few initial ideas of how to address the overcapacity issue. We designed our consultation
process with these requests in mind.
The consultation process will be conducted in two rounds of discussions with each of the school
communities where enrollment pressures or concerns exist. The purpose of the Round
1 consultations is to share information and data with the community and to explore ideas, which
will address the enrollment problems in some of our schools. Parents will be invited to give
some of their own ideas and provide feedback on the data and information presented. All the
feedback will be collected and used to formulate options for the Board to consider.
Royston Elementary Monday, November 4th 6:30 p.m.
Cumberland Community School Wednesday, November 6th 6:30 p.m.
Miracle Beach Elementary Tuesday, November 12th 6:30 p.m.
Huband Park Elementary Wednesday, November 13th 6:30 p.m.
Royston Elementary Wednesday, November 27th 6:30 p.m.
Cumberland Community School Thursday, November 28th 6:30 p.m.
Miracle Beach Elementary Tuesday, December 3rd 6:30 p.m.
Huband Park Elementary Wednesday, December 4th 6:30 p.m.
Participants should be prepared to engage in table discussions. If more consultation sessions are
required they will be scheduled, with ample notification given to the community to attend.
In addition to the scheduled public consultation sessions, the District has launched an online
survey. The survey is available at http://bit.ly/SD71_BoundaryCatchmentSurvey.
Based on input and feedback gathered from the survey, forum and the consultation process, the
District senior staff will be able to develop options and recommendations, which will be
presented to the Board of Education for a final decision in early 2020.