- School District 42 Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows
BC School District
Region= Fraser Valley
Board_office= Maple Ridge
Locations= Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows
Superintendent= Mr John Simpson
website= [http://www.sd42.ca School District 42 Website]
School District 42 Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows is a
school districtin British Columbiaeast of Vancouver. This includes Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows.
Board of School Trustees
The trustees for School District No. 42 are Cheryl Ashlie (Chair), Rick Butler, Nel Joostema, Kathy Marshall, Dr. Dave Rempel (Vice Chair), [http://www.vdovine.ca Stepan Vdovine] and Kathie Ward. They were all elected in November 2005 for a three-year term. The Chief Executive Officer for the District is John Simpson. Don Woytowich serves as the Secretary Treasurer.
The Board holds public meetings on the second and last Wednesday of each month, September through June (there will also be a meeting on August 31). The meetings start at 6:00 PM and are held in the District Education Office at 22225 Brown Avenue, Maple Ridge.
Issues and research
Former Maple Ridge trustee Katherine Wagner (elected: 1996-2005) writes [http://www.schoolwatch.ca School Watch column] , printed bi-weekly in the [http://www.mrtimes.com The Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows Times]
School District 42 is facing a difficult challenge: there is not enough room in schools in the East, but the District does not meet Ministry of Education funding criteria for new schools because many schools in other areas are underutilized.
Overcrowding in schools in the east part of the District is already a problem and is projected to get worse. The objective is to provide enough school capacity in the eastern area within reasonable travel distances. Expanded and new schools will be required. Currently the District cannot expand or build new schools because it does not qualify for capital funding from the Ministry of Education. This is because many schools are underutilized and the District does not meet Ministry utilization targets. The challenge facing the District is how to meet the growing needs of the eastern part of the District given the lack of capital funding from the Ministry. The School District has been exploring strategies for making the best use of school facilities in the coming years.
* [http://www.sd42.ca School District 42] , official website
* [http://www.vdovine.ca Trustee Stepan Vdovine] , official website
List of school districts in British Columbia
* [http://www.schoolwatch.ca School Watch] , periodical column, published in Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Times
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