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Langley school facilities plan not ready

Willoughby residents wondering about the future of schools in this growing area will have to wait a bit longer.

The school district’s long term facilities plan will not be ready until the end of the summer, confirmed secretary-treasurer David Green.

At the last of six community consultation meetings, Hugh Skinner, the consultant hired to create the plan, said the results of the community input were expected by the end of the school year.

They are still going over capacity and enrolment issues and expect to meet again at the end of June, he said.

There will be 17 schools in Willoughby in the next 15 years and the area is among the top three fastest-growing areas in B.C.

On June 12, Green said enrolment projections for next school year are up from previous projections.

An estimated 266 more students are expected to enter Langley schools, the majority coming to the Willoughby area.

In 2009, the district commissioned Skinner to complete a study of the Willoughby area and overcrowding issues.

His report suggested reconfiguration of an elementary school from a K-7 to a K-5 and the creation of a middle school.

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