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a comprehensive blueprint for the future of burnaby school district’s infrastructure
A Comprehensive Blueprint for the Future of Burnaby School District’s Infrastructure
a comprehensive blueprint for the future of burnaby school district’s infrastructure

A Comprehensive Blueprint for the Future of Burnaby School District’s Infrastructure

About the Long-Range Facilities Plan

The Burnaby Board of Education recently approved a new Long-Range Facilities Plan that sets the stage for the future development and improvement of educational infrastructure for students in Burnaby. This strategic, multi-year plan is designed to address the evolving needs of students and educators to reshape the educational landscape in Burnaby, providing a modern, conducive environment for learning. The plan is the result of extensive consultations with First Nation elders and engagement and feedback from parents, staff, and the wider community. It will serve as a roadmap, taking into account the projected educational requirements, potential challenges and obstacles, and the anticipated population growth of Burnaby in the future. 

One of the primary objectives of the Long-Range Facilities Plan is to enhance learning environments throughout the Burnaby school district. Recognizing that an inspiring and well-equipped setting is crucial for student engagement and achievement, the plan emphasizes the construction of state-of-the-art facilities that meet the evolving demands of modern education. The plan will also help the Board make decisions about provincial funding for district projects such as new schools, expansions, and upgrades to buildings to prevent displacement during earthquakes. 

Backed by comprehensive data gathered from the City of Burnaby, Board Chair Bill Brassington believes the plan takes a well-informed approach: 

We shared the reality that we face as a school district in a rapidly growing city. It is a wonderful opportunity to have conversations one-on-one and share the challenges we face. This is work that cannot be done without information, feedback, and input. On behalf of all the Trustees, I would like to thank Elders, students, teachers, parents, and staff for engaging and sharing with the Burnaby Board of Education.

Information to create the data was collected through an electronic survey, with approximately 1,800 people taking it in 17 different languages. The input was also gathered from partners and other individuals through in-person open houses and presentations. Altogether, stakeholders had more than 1,400 opinions and ideas to work with, many of which talked about priorities to create a better learning environment and potential district-wide considerations for the future. 

Superintendent Gina Niccoli-Moen believes that a strategic plan driven by educational programming needs for current and future students is of utmost importance in creating one:  

Students are at the center of all we do. In addition to looking at space requirements for the increasing number of children and youth in Burnaby, the plan’s ultimate purpose is to support teaching and learning. From particular program requirements to the flexibility of learning spaces and connection to the outdoors, educational priorities are at the heart of this plan.

In addition to requests for funding, the Long-Range Facilities Plan is likely to consider other areas of interest, such as meeting the needs of a growing student population, vehicle traffic flow and walkability, connection to the outdoors, building amenities, and so on. More information about the plan and the feedback respondents shared can be found in the appendices of the Long-Range Facilities Plan


About Burnaby School District

Nestled in the beautiful landscapes of British Columbia, Canada, the Burnaby School District stands as a shining example of educational excellence and international integration. Renowned for its commitment to providing world-class education, the district has embraced multiculturalism and fostered an environment where students from diverse backgrounds can thrive. The Burnaby SD’s International Education branch prides itself on its student population, with international students from 37 countries worldwide. This multicultural melting pot cultivates a deep appreciation for different perspectives, cultures, and traditions, preparing students to become global citizens in an increasingly interconnected world.

Here are some quick facts about Burnaby and the Burnaby SD:

  • The city of Burnaby is 90.61 square kilometers
  • Roughly 50% of Burnaby’s population was born outside of Canada
  • More than 100 languages are spoken by students within the Burnaby SD
  • The Burnaby SD is the fourth largest in BC
  • There are 25,000+ K-12 students, 16,000 adult learners, and more than 4,000 dedicated employees who are trained to teach, help and guide students throughout their academic journey

Like all other school districts in BC, the Burnaby SD consistently strives for excellence in education, ensuring that both domestic and international students have access to the highest quality learning opportunities. The district maintains a strong focus on personalized learning, recognizing that every student is unique and has different educational needs. Through innovative teaching methods, advanced technology integration, and a comprehensive curriculum, students are empowered to develop critical thinking skills, creativity, and a lifelong passion for learning.

Sources: New District-Wide Plan for the Future of School Buildings, International Students Enrich Learning for All, Burnaby School District – Who We Are
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