School District 69 (Qualicum) Projects

District Facilities Review, Qualicum School District, Parksville, BC - 2010

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Development of facilities options for a school district with declining enrolment, especially in its secondary and middle schools. Parksville and Qualicum Beach are the two main communities in the mixed rural and urban school district. We recommended a future facilities scenario that called for the closure of one of the two secondary schools and the shift of Grade 9 from secondary to the three middle schools. Benefits of the plan included the reduction surplus spaces, improved facility conditions, significant administrative savings, and access to a broader range of educational opportunities for secondary students. Completed in 2010.

School Site Acquisition Charge, School District 69, Parksville, BC - 2001

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The purpose of the School Site Acquisition Charge is to help pay for new school sites required as a result of residential development. We estimated the amount of future residential development and the number of students likely to be generated by the new development. We synthesized the School District’s long-term facilities plan; calculated the charge; and documented the results in a summary report to be reviewed by all stakeholders. Completed in 2001.

Qualicum Beach Middle and Secondary Schools, BC - 1998

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Kwalikum Secondary School (KSS) was over capacity, while Qualicum Beach Middle School (QBMS) was in poor physical condition. School District 69 had proposed that KSS be replaced, with students from QBMS being relocated to KSS. We were requested to explore a broader range of alternatives. Work included assessing existing school facilities; estimating space requirements and capital costs; and evaluating potential facilities development options. We concluded that the most cost-effective approach was the expansion of KSS and replacement of QBMS on a new site. The School District subsequently received approval to proceed with implementation of the proposed plan. Completed in 1998.

Elementary Attendance Areas, Qualicum School District, BC - 1997

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The District received approval to build two new elementary schools: a replacement and a new school to meet increased enrolment. In response to these changes, we redefined the attendance area boundaries for elementary schools throughout the district. We reviewed existing school enrolments, attendance areas, and enrolment forecasts. We then developed a computerized model to allow us to define alternative attendance area configurations and assess their impacts on school enrolments. We also defined the optimal capacities for the two new schools. Completed in 1997.

Qualicum Enrolment Study, 1995, BC - 1995

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Development of short and long-term enrolment forecasts for the Qualicum School District. Our approach to the long–term forecasts acknowledged anticipated future residential development. Our short–term estimates incorporated judgments from each school administrator. Completed in 1995.

Qualicum Enrolment Study, 1994, BC - 1994

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Development of ten-year enrolment forecasts for the Qualicum School District. Our approach was to prepare alternative enrolment forecasts based on past trends, population projections, and development scenarios. Next, we worked with a committee of School District officials to narrow the range and select a best estimate. Completed in 1994.