New high school needed in Willoughby

R.E. Mountain Secondary is already significantly over capacity.

Editor: I am concerned about the continued overcrowding of our schools in the Willoughby area of Langley Township. Although the Langley School District submitted its capital funding requests to the ministry of education last year, with the number one priority listed as a new high school, no funding has yet been announced.

Our community is in desperate need of a secondary school. As you know, this area has experienced extraordinary growth over the past few years, resulting in a sizeable surge in enrolment levels at all Willoughby schools, including the one and only high school supporting the area — R.E. Mountain Secondary School.

R.E. Mountain Secondary is already significantly over capacity, and enrolment is expected to double its actual capacity within four years. This means our children will be attending a school with twice as many students in it than it is supposed to have. This is not acceptable.

Moreover, the Yorkson Area middle school, set to launch in September 2014 is already projected to open over capacity, and there is much more neighbourhood growth anticipated. In fact, the Langley School District has determined that area growth will necessitate the establishment of a second middle school by 2016.

If the ministry of education approves the funding and construction of a new high school, R.E. Mountain could be easily converted to a middle school facility, effectively solving these serious enrolment issues.

My hope is that the government makes the critical needs of the students on the Willoughby Slope a high priority, and approves funding for the construction of a new Willoughby secondary school.

 

Lorraine Baldwin,

langley

Just Posted

DW Poppy Sr. boys basketball defeats ACSS Totems rivals

DW Poppy’s Sr. boys RedHawks defeated ACSS Totems this Friday in a high-stakes basketball match.

VIDEO: All ages participate in Langley Hospice Historic Half marathon

Turnout was down, slightly, this year but donations are up

VIDEO: Vancouver Giants blank Rockets

Langley-based G-men take over top spot in the west

Langley Township goes high tech to spotlight local history

To mark the start of History Week, the Township has put out a new app all about the community.

Kodiaks begin best-of-seven series strong

The Kodiaks opened their quarter-final playoff series by defeating the Delta Ice Hawks on home ice.

VIDEO: Langley hosting high-flying fun at annual gymnastics tournament

Action runs Friday through Sunday at the Langley Events Centre fieldhouse.

B.C. athlete takes home gold in freestyle aerials at Canada Games

Brayden Kuroda won the event with a combined score of 121.65.

Pedestrian in serious condition after hit by car downtown Abbotsford

A youth was also hit, suffered minor injuries, police say

Cabinet likely to extend deadline to reconsider Trans Mountain pipeline

New round of consultations with Indigenous communities is coming

B.C. government provides $75,000 towards salmon study

Study looks at abundance and health of Pacific salmon in Gulf of Alaska

Murdered and missing honoured at Stolen Sisters Memorial March in B.C.

‘We come together to make change within the systems in our society’

UBC researchers develop inexpensive tool to test drinking water

The tricoder can test for biological contamination in real-time

Disgraced ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner released from prison

He was convicted of having illicit online contact with a 15-year-old North Carolina girl in 2017

Most Read