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Boundary set for Spring Creek Elementary School



The boundary for Spring Creek Elementary School has been decided for now.

At last week’s school board meeting in Squamish a motion was passed to adopt Option 2.

Under this option, kids in the village, the Benchlands, White Gold, and Spruce Grove will go to the new school, along with all students south of Blueberry.

This will place 213 students in Grades 1-7 and 30 in kindergarten. Myrtle Philip will have 254 in Grades 1-7 and 33 in kindergarten.

The Francophone school, with about 65 students, will also move to Spring Creek.

"Certainly there are people who live fairly close to Myrtle Philip who are not pleased with the decision," said Cathy Jewett, chair of the Myrtle Philip Parent Advisory Council.

"Obviously the residents of Spruce Grove and White Gold have some concerns about this decision. They were concerned about the timing of this decision. They weren’t aware that it was happening at this particular meeting.

"But the thing is school boundaries are never a done deal. They are constantly reviewed. Certainly when the employee housing opens we are going to see a shift in the population."

Myrtle Philip principal Ron Albertin said most parents accept the boundary chosen was the only one that makes sense at the moment.

"Obviously there are a few parents in White Gold and in Spruce Grove that would like to have their kids go (to Myrtle Philip)," said Albertin, who is to be the principal at Spring Creek when it opens in the fall of 2003.

"…It was a tough decision but we had to get the students settled somewhere.

"But the boundary is not set in stone and if the population shifts the boundary will shift."

The opening of the new elementary school also means Grade 7 students will be leaving their portables at the high school and joining their peers at Myrtle Philip and Spring Creek.

Spring Creek does have an operating PAC and the playground has been fully funded thanks to the generosity of the Whistler-Blackcomb Foundation and Intrawest.

"What we have to move on to next is our library," said Jewett.

"We have to get about $350,000 to completely outfit our school. The shelves in the library are probably going to be $60,000."

Parent volunteers are much needed. Anyone who is interested should attend the next PAC meeting at Myrtle Philip Dec 10 at 7 p.m.