School District 79 calls the replacement of Cowichan Secondary it’s “number one capital replacement.”
With enrollment numbers increasing every year, and Cowichan Secondary in desperate need of a seismic upgrade, replacing this school is very important.
School District 79 Board Chair, Candace Spilsbury says staff are well aware of increasing enrollment numbers and the replacement process is underway.
She adds that education needs to be front of mind for local politicians and it’s important that school district’s and facilities are taken into account before a large influx of students come to the area.

Approval from the Ministry of Education can be swift, but the provincial government will take time in selecting which schools need to be replaced first.
Spilsbury says the provincial government considers the priorities of school district’s, which regions are growing fastest, whether students are in portable facilities and demographic forecasts in every region of the province.