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New Elementary School in Cloverley Neighbourhood

February 2024 Project Update

The school district has retained a contractor for the demolition of the existing closed school. Site preparation will begin on February 12, 2024, with the demolition and site grading scheduled for completion by mid-May 2024. Questions related to this construction project should be directed to fpadmin@sd44.ca.


January 31, 2024: Public Information Meeting

Thank you to everyone who came to the Public Information Meeting. It was wonderful to see members of the community come out to learn more about the new school. The display boards that were presented are now available for review.

If you missed the meeting, but have a question or comment, please email fpadmin@sd44.ca by 4 p.m. Monday, February 5.

Public Information Meeting - Date change

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Due to a district-wide school closure due to snow, the Public Information Meeting, originally scheduled for Wednesday, January 17, 2024, has been moved to Wednesday, January 31, 2024, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Education Services Centre (2121 Lonsdale Avenue).

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January 2024

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The following information bulletin was delivered to residents in the Cloverley neighbourhood on January 5, 2024.

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November 2023

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The following letter was delivered to residents in the Cloverley neighbourhood.

November 17, 2023

Dear Cloverley Neighbourhood Residents,

Further to our initial correspondence dated September 29, 2023, which shared information about the new elementary school project in the Cloverley neighbourhood, we would like to provide you with additional information regarding the upcoming tree removal, site fencing, and public information meeting.

Tree removal
A certified arborist has completed an inventory and risk assessment of all trees on the site (440 Hendry Avenue, North Vancouver). The arborist has identified 29 dead or dying trees that present a safety risk and must be removed. In addition, 6 trees affected by the demolition of the closed school must be removed. A total of 35 trees will be removed starting on December 4, 2023. The City of North Vancouver has issued a Tree Removal Permit for this work.

Significant trees around the building and parking lot identified for protection will be pruned by a certified arborist, who will also supervise the demolition and ensure tree protection measures are followed.

Two signs, which will be posted on the east and west sides of the property, will indicate the trees that will be removed. An image noting the trees that will be removed is included with this letter; it will also be posted to the school district’s website, under Capital Plan & Projects.

Site fencing
The existing closed school will be demolished in 2024. To ensure public safety, the school district will be fencing off the area around the existing closed school soon. The fencing will not impact access to the public amenities on the site (e.g., tennis courts, playground, park).

Public information meeting
The school district will host a public information meeting on Wednesday, January 17, 2024, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the gymnasium of Ridgeway Elementary School (420 8th Street East, North Vancouver). This will be an opportunity for community members to learn about the project, and for school district staff and consultants engaged in the project to address questions, including those related to site location, traffic, trees, and green space.

We are excited to bring a new elementary school to the Cloverley neighbourhood in time for the start of the 2026/27 school year, and we thank the community for its support as the project work continues.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Facilities & Planning at fpadmin@sd44.ca. As a reminder, project updates are posted to the school district’s website, under Capital Plan & Projects

Respectfully,

Dr. Pius Ryan
Superintendent of Schools

Kulvir Mann
Chair, Board of Education

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October 2023

At the October 24, 2023, Public Board Meeting, Jim MacKenzie, Director of Facilities and Planning, provided an update on the planning for the new elementary school. View slides to the presentation, which included information on the

  • Project scope
  • Schedule
  • Enduring Principles and Design Input Process
  • Renderings (subject to change)
  • Future Planning Considerations
  • Risks
A recording of the Public Board Meeting is also available. Jim MacKenzie's presentation is found at 29:40.

September 2023

The following letter was delivered to residents in the Cloverley neighbourhood on September 29, 2023.

Dear Cloverley Neighbourhood Residents,

In June 2023, the Province announced funding for a new elementary school in the Cloverley neighbourhood.

The North Vancouver School District is now planning for this new elementary school. We are reaching out at this time to share information about the project, including key dates and where you can find more information.

The school
The new elementary school will provide facilities to meet the modern-day and future needs of teaching and learning, student and staff well-being, energy and efficiency standards, and community connections.

The school’s enrolment capacity will accommodate 60 Kindergarten and 525 elementary students, for a total design capacity of 585 students. The project scope includes funding for a neighbourhood learning centre space, Greenhouse Gas reduction measures, and construction with mass timber. In addition, the City of North Vancouver has committed $3.5 million towards the construction of a new child care centre to be co-located on site.

Key dates and upcoming work
We anticipate construction to start fall 2024, with the new school ready to welcome students and staff in time for the 2026-27 school year. Key dates include:

  • Early 2024: Anticipated start of demolition of existing closed school.
  • June 2024: Design completion of new school.
  • August 2024: Anticipated start of construction.
  • June 2026: Anticipated completion of construction.
  • Summer 2026: Occupancy and furnishing of the new school.
  • September 2026: Opening of the new school to students and staff.

Over the summer, a number of consulting investigations required for project delivery began (e.g., geotechnical investigation, surveying the property for underground utilities, arborist inventory and assessment, etc.). This work is ongoing and will continue while the school design work is underway.

As a result of the arborist’s inventory and assessment of the health and condition of all trees on the property, any trees deemed by the arborist to be in poor health and in need of mitigation will soon be identified by signage. Workers will be on site working on the identified trees as early as October.

Also in early October, contractors will be on site to complete a geotechnical investigation. Drilling to determine existing underlying soil conditions could begin as early as 7:30 a.m., in accordance with local municipal bylaws.

More information
There will be opportunities during the school design and development process to learn about the project scope and design, and to ask questions. Please look for continued communication in the fall when we anticipate hosting a public information meeting. In the interim, we encourage you to keep current on the project by visiting the Capital Plan and Projects section of the school district website.

We are excited that in a few short years, families in the Cloverley neighbourhood will be able to send their children to a new, modern and safe school, and we look forward to sharing updates with you.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to fpadmin@sd44.ca.

Respectfully,

Dr. Pius Ryan
Superintendent of Schools

Kulvir Mann
Chair, Board of Education

New Elementary School in Cloverley Neighbourhood

June 2023 - The Ministry of Education and Child Care has supported the Project Definition Report (PDR) previously submitted and announced funding for a new school in the Cloverley neighbourhood. >>Read the news release and view images of the new school announcement.

The enrolment capacity of the school will accommodate 60 Kindergarten and 525 elementary students, for a total design capacity of 585 students. The project scope also includes a 300 M2 neighbourhood learning centre space, funding for Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reduction measures and construction with mass timber.

The school district will proceed to engage a consulting design team and following the design process, application will be made to submit the project for municipal review and permitting. The demolition of the existing school building and construction of the new school will commence once permitting is in place, with occupancy planned for the 2026/27 school year.

March/April 2021 

The NVSD received direction from the Ministry of Education and Child Care to advance the School District’s capital request for a new Cloverley Elementary School to the Project Development Report (PDR) phase.

The Ministry of Education and Child Care has requested a draft PDR be prepared for review by August 2021. Given the timing, the School District will be engaging a geotechnical consultant to immediately commence with a geotechnical site investigation to develop and advance studies for project options. This will encompass drilling test holes in various locations throughout the entire property including both the current school location and the park site. The site investigation is scheduled for April 19, 20 and 21, 2021.

The NVSD’s geotechnical consultant will endeavour to locate bore holes in locations to minimize impact and disruption to the park. The bore holes will be filled and temporarily repaired following the investigation. The proposed test hole location plan is included below.

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January 2021 

The NVSD submitted a finalized concept plan, with minor costing adjustments, to the Ministry of Education and Child Care’s Capital Planning branch late January 2021. After the Ministry's initial review, a slightly larger 60 kindergarten/525 elementary capacity school was recommended. 

December 2020 

The NVSD submitted an initial concept plan to the Ministry of Education and Child Care’s Capital Planning branch in December 2020. 

October 2020 

At the October 6, 2020, Standing Committee Meeting, the following information was shared via a Capital Projects Update Presentation (refer to pages 29-35).  

History of Cloverley Elementary School

  • 1961 to 1982 – Cloverley Elementary School was a public school
  • 1982 to 2010 – building was leased to a series of different organizations
  • 2010 to 2014 – building was temporarily returned to service during seismic upgrade and renovation of Ridgeway Elementary School and Queen Mary Elementary School
  • After 2014 – the school is vacant and based on facility condition assessment done in 2017 considered beyond useful life 

Approval Process and Potential Schedule

  • Long Range Facility Plan  Complete
  • Concept Plan - December 1, 2020*
  • Project Definition Report* - Fall 2021
  • Capital Project Funding Agreement*
  • Certificate of Approval*
  • Retain Consulting Team
  • Project Design and Permitting
  • Project Tendering
  • Award of Construction Contract*
  • Construction 

* Requires Ministry of Education and Child Care approvals prior to proceeding to the next phase.