WATCH: Superintendent of Sooke School District says new schools already at capacity
The superintendent of the Sooke School District says the region is not yet in crisis, but it soon could be if the province doesn’t invest in new schools.
Jim Cambridge helped guide Education Minister Mike Bernier on tours of the districts two new high schools Wednesday.
Though in their first year of operation, the new Belmont is already at capacity and Royal Bay is beyond capacity.
With the exception of two, all Sooke middle and elementary schools are at capacity as well, and district officials say the time to act is now.
“We can take kids this year and we can take kids next year we need to acquire the land to start building the schools for 3 or 4 years from now when we are over capacity when there is no more room for a portable on a school ground we’ll have new schools to put kids in,” says Jim Cambridge, SD #62 Superintendent.
“We know its going to to continue to grow out here in this area, the entire province is seeing for the first time since 1997 an increase in population in our students in our school system so that puts us it right back to government for us to look at how we work with the school districts to make all the investments required,” says Mike Bernier, B.C. Education Minister.
Cambridge says statistics indicate there will be an increase of between 300 – 350 students each year over the next five years.