Richmond growth creates demand for new school
Plans to grow east Richmond’s Hamilton neighbourhood has school board officials worried about funding for schools to meet the increased population.
The board has asked the province for $28 million, but even if they get that funding it only covers the construction of an elementary school.
“Without any commitment of future funding of the required school infrastructure, alternative school sites outside of the Hamilton area may provide the only option,” a report reads.
“In such a case, the district would rely on bussing to transport Hamilton-area students to other schools that have the space to accommodate the students, in a manner similar to that currently in place for secondary school students.”
The report said east Richmond is planning to add more than 4,000 housing units in its Hamilton plan to boost population by up to 12,000. That would mean hundreds of new students for the existing elementary school — which can’t accommodate that many.