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New elementary school update for residents in the Cloverley neighbourhood

November 17, 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 As a reminder, project updates are posted to the school district’s website, under Capital Plan & Projects


Dr. Pius Ryan
Superintendent of Schools

Kulvir Mann
Chair, Board of Education

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