A key recommendation in the Board of Education's 10-year Facility Plan for 2015-2025 was to advocate the Ministry of Education for a possible new Cedar Elementary School building. For the last six years the seismic upgrade or replacement of Cedar Elementary has been the top priority of the district's capital requests to the Ministry of Education and the board has toured the previous two ministers of education through the facility and discussed with them the need for a new building. The board has decided to once again raise the state of Cedar Elementary with the new Education Minister, Jennifer Whiteside.
Cedar Elementary was built in the 1950s and expanded in the early 1960s and, despite heroic efforts by the district's maintenance department, Cedar Elementary is one of the schools in the poorest condition across the province by their own facility condition index.
The school was built at a time when construction, seismic, energy conservation standards and educational practices were far different than they are now.
Schools are the heart of the community and there is an exciting opportunity to create a new Cedar Elementary that is reflective and responsive to the needs of the community it serves.
Cedar Rebuild Advocacy Handout.pdf
How You Can Help
We are hoping to build community excitement and support for this project as we lobby the Ministry of Education for approval and project funding. You can add your voice to the call for a new Cedar Elementary by completing and submitting this form letter:
Cedar Advocacy Form Letter Online Fillable.pdf
Cedar Advocacy Form Letter Traditional Mail.pdf
* Unfortunately, some people may experience difficulties with the online fillable form due to browser settings. We are trying to troubleshoot this, but if you experience difficulties, please download, complete and either scan or screenshot the letter and email it to:
firstname.lastname@example.org and michele.babchuk.MLA@leg.bc.ca
Or traditionally mail copies to:
Honourable Jennifer Whiteside
Minister of Education
PO Box 9045 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, BC V8W 9E2
Honourable Michele Babchuk
North Island MLA
908 Island Hwy
Campbell River, BC V9W 2C3