Future of Ladysmith schools will be discussed Nov. 25 and 26

Two important public meetings will be held next week in Ladysmith to present possible alternative options to proposed school closures.

Public meetings being held next week in Ladysmith will shed light on the future of schools in our community and open up more discussion.

Parents of École Davis Road, Ladysmith Primary, Ladysmith Intermediate, Ladysmith Secondary and North Oyster Elementary students, as well as other members of the public, are invited to attend one of two public meetings being held to discuss plans for the future of school facilities in the Ladysmith area.

The 10-Year Enhanced Facilities for Learning Plan for Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools proposed the closure of École Davis Road and North Oyster Elementary. A consultation process on the proposed closures took place last spring, and on June 26, the Board of Education extended the consultation deadline for these two proposed closures to Dec. 9.

A Ladysmith Extended Consultation Working Group, made up of parents, community members and school district staff, has been meeting since September to explore possible alternative options.

The Working Group has identified some possible options and would like to present these to the public and obtain feedback, according to a press release from the school district.

Public meetings have been scheduled on Monday, Nov. 25 at 7 p.m. at Ladysmith Secondary School and Tuesday, Nov. 26 at 7 p.m. at Ladysmith Secondary School.

Both meetings will have the same agenda — for the public to hear the Working Group’s report and provide feedback by attending either meeting, according to the pres release.

Background information about the possible alternative options will be posted on the school district website by Friday, Nov. 22.

In connected news, a petition calling for Ladysmith council and the school board work together to keep École Davis Road open with more than 1,155 signatures was presented to Ladysmith council Monday night (Nov. 18).