The Greater Victoria School District is considering the sale of 7.3 acres of land at Lansdowne Middle to the Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique (CSF) School District for $15 million. The sale involves lands within the Greater Victoria School District and enables the CSF to build a school that will accommodate their growing school community.
The funds from the sale of the land will fund future capital upgrades to existing or new schools and respond to growing student enrolment in the Greater Victoria School District.
In 2018, the Greater Victoria School District underwent a boundary review due to increasing enrolment and capacity pressures in some of its schools. A result of the review was the realignment of school boundaries and identification of additional space to accommodate current and future catchment students in the communities of Victoria and Oak Bay. It was determined that the Sundance School building is required for Greater Victoria School District enrolment.
For the past six years, the CSF has leased and operated l’École Beausoleil at the former Sundance Elementary location from the Greater Victoria School District. The lease ended in June 2020 and CSF was granted an extension to June 2021. Sundance Elementary will be reopened in September 2021 as a Greater Victoria School District elementary school to meet the school district’s growing student population.
CSF students will be temporarily housed at Braefoot Elementary in learning studios until they secure a permanent home.
The Lansdowne property located in the Shelbourne neighbourhood of Saanich, BC is 25 acres in size and 7.3 acres will be sold. A sale of lands between two public school districts does not require Ministry of Education approval.
A public information session was held on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, for members of the community to learn more about the proposed land sale.
Members of the public can continue to submit their input via firstname.lastname@example.org until Monday, June 14th, 2021. At that time, all feedback will be compiled for the Board to review.
Once public consultation has concluded, the Greater Victoria School District Board will give final consideration to the disposal of the Lansdowne lands to School District 93 by three readings of a disposal bylaw. If approved, the CSF will then commence the municipal land-use process to rezone and subdivide the property.