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Plan mulled to find kids for new International Village Elementary School 0

By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver

Vancouver School District are proposing to open the new International Village Elementary School mid 2015-2016 in Vancouver. (CARMINE MARINELLI/24 HOURS)

Vancouver School District are proposing to open the new International Village Elementary School mid 2015-2016 in Vancouver. (CARMINE MARINELLI/24 HOURS)

School board looks at plan to begin filling new International Village school with Kindergarten to Grade 2 students from nearby catchments

The new International Village Elementary could open in the middle of the 2015-16 school year, and staff at Vancouver School District are proposing to begin assembling future catchment students at Admiral Seymour Elementary this coming September.

According to the school board report, two groups of students are being considered for the early catchment at IVE at the corner of Abbott Street and Expo Boulevard.

These include Kindergarten to Grade 2 students currently in the Lord Strathcona Elementary catchment, and also those currently on Kindergarten and Grade 1 wait-lists for Elsie Roy Elementary.

The offer for Elsie-Roy wait-list students to go to the new school won’t be extended into the future, according to the report.

Staff say this plan would allow the school to open mid-year — by temporarily holding the new students at Admiral Seymour in the catchment east of Hawks Avenue — instead of at the beginning of a school year.

The report said Seymour has plenty of room for the new students. It has a capacity of more than 400, but only about a quarter of spaces are currently filled.

“Families who choose to take advantage of this opportunity at this time will become permanent members of the ‘International Village’ school community and will not need to apply for cross-boundary approval when the new school opens,” the report said.

“Given the projected enrolment pressures in the downtown area it is unlikely that cross boundary applications into International Village would be approved once the new school is open.”

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