Steve Rae of the Save Cedar School coalition

Cedar families impressed by Ladysmith Secondary School

With Cedar Community Secondary School set to close this June, families must choose where to go by Nov. 22.

Ladysmith Secondary School hosted an open house Nov. 6 after the prospect of a fresh influx of students from out of town became more likely.

The open house featured a detailed presentation to the students, parents and people of Cedar Community Secondary School who are in limbo following School District 68’s decision to close the high school there.

With Cedar Community Secondary set to close at the end of the school year, students who currently attend the school have the option of moving to John Barsby Community School in Nanaimo, or Ladysmith Secondary School (LSS).

Cedar Secondary is the only high school in Cedar, and Barsby has now been classed as the inevitable catchment school, but the LSS option is seemingly more popular.

“This is far from over, as we’re still fighting [the closure of Cedar Secondary],” said Steve Rae from the Save Cedar Schools coalition. “The other night at Ladysmith Secondary was fantastic. The staff were very welcoming, and it’s very similar to our school in terms of the academic demographics and the courses they offer.

“Ladysmith is at the same academic level as us. There’s no woodwork and metalwork at Barsby, and the kids that go there don’t sign up for the same classes as ours do — they don’t even offer Math 12. We actually forced Ladysmith to have the open house but they made us feel welcome. It’s by far the best fit.”

The students at Cedar have until Nov. 22 to choose Ladysmith Secondary in what is a “one-time option” as described by SD68.

Rae claims his coalition has been trying to engage SD68 hierarchy and trustees since April 2012, to no avail.

“We’ve come up with 33 different proposals in the past; they haven’t listened to us in any meaningful way, and now they’re going to close our school — it’s a joke. They should be ashamed of themselves,” said an irate Rae.

He also claims that SD68 is only preparing bus routes to Barsby once Cedar closes, and not Ladysmith, thus “forcing” Cedar students to pick the Nanaimo option.

According to Rae, Barsby recently hosted a similar presentation and open house to Ladysmith at which 30 people from Cedar showed up. The open house at LSS saw 150 come out.

He envisions over 75 per cent of Cedar’s kids choosing the Ladysmith option despite the apparent lack of buses scenario and claims the high school closure will “devastate” Cedar’s community.

He also says Snuneymuxw First Nation is set to file a lawsuit against SD68 as they “feel they weren’t consulted.”

Save Cedar Schools is planning to support Snuneymuxw with the lawsuit.

Cedar Secondary currently has a 107 per cent student capacity. It has a 97 per cent graduation rate — the highest in the district.

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