Catholic Schools Plan: Strong Foundations for a Bright Future 

The Catholic Schools Plan (CSP) includes an comprehensive review of the Greater Victoria schools, with the long term goal of providing a safe, affordable, accessible, and sustainable Catholic Schools system—a strong foundation for a bright future. 

The Plan includes two elementary schools of approximately 400 students each—one in the east and the other in the west of the region. The schools support a centrally located regional high school. Although alternative school sites were actively pursued, it was determined the most cost-effective and realistic option was to retain three of the current school sites, and renovate and add to the existing buildings. 

The implementation of the CSP is being directed by a Diocesan Oversight Committee, with representatives from the Catholic School Board, the School communities, the Diocesan Finance Committee, and the Buildings Commission. Planning for the renewal of the three schools started in 2011, with School Advisory Committee workshops and community open houses. Consensus on the preferred concept plan for each school was achieved in 2012, and implementation began with the St. Joseph’s Elementary School addition and seismic upgrade project. This project prepared for the amalgamation of the St. Andrew’s Elementary school population with St. Joseph’s and St. Patrick’s. The amalgamation was successfully completed in September 2014. 

The sale of the St. Andrew’s Elementary School property provides the means to finance the renewal of the remaining two schools in Victoria. The delay of this sale, together with the six-year anniversary of the CSP, prompted the Oversight Committee to complete a review and update of the 2009 Plan; with completion of this sale, plans can now proceed.

The Oversight Committee completed a review of the 2009 Plan in early 2015. This review confirmed the continued relevance and fundamental strength of the original Plan. The Committee also confirmed, and recommended that the next implementation project be the seismic upgrading of St. Patrick’s Elementary School.  This project was completed during the summer of 2016.

Recent approvals have been granted for the renewal of St. Andrew’s Regional High School. Seismic work will begin in the summer of 2017 and it is anticipated that the renovation/rebuild will begin in March 2018.

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