School board February special meeting

February special meeting scheduled for Ladysmith to discuss school reconfiguration once more

Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools Board of Education (School District 68) has announced it will hold a special in Ladysmith in early February solely relating to the future of Ladysmith schools.

The meeting will take place Thursday Feburary 6 at Ladysmith Secondary School at 6 p.m.

“The board has particularly scheduled that meeting in February for Ladysmith so that people in Ladysmith will be able to attend,” said Donna Reimer from SD68.

Although a regular school board meeting is scheduled for later this month, Jan. 29, Ladysmith school reconfiguration will not be on the agenda.

“Our January meeting will be held in Nanaimo [at the school board headquarters],” said Reimer. “It’s a regular meeting so we will have other business on the agenda that night. The Ladysmith schools topic will be spoken to at the February meeting.”

Despite the Ladysmith schools debate set to be all-quiet at the January meeting, one thing that will be discussed that night is the prospect of busing from Cedar to Ladysmith Secondary School.

With Cedar Community Secondary set to close this June, over half of the soon-to-be disarrayed students there have chosen to attend LSS rather than John Barsby Community School in Nanaimo.

The school board originally stated that buses from Cedar would not be put on but then requested a report following the popularity of a move to Ladysmith.

That report came at the Jan. 8 regular meeting from trustee TerryLynn Saunders who is set to put forward a motion regarding busing on Jan. 29.

Saunders outlined that when South Wellington Elementary closed last year, buses were put on for the students there to now attend Chase River Elementary.

The report perceives that four new bus routes would need to be created for busing to John Barsby and LSS and would cost over $850,000 initially.