Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools

Rutherford Planning

This page will provide updates on the process of reopening Rutherford Elementary.  

On May 15, 2024 Nanaimo Ladysmith Public School’s Board of Education approved a recommendation to reopen Rutherford Elementary and begin consultation with our community.

*New* Information about the reopening of Rutherford and the proposed changes to catchment boundaries can be found here.

The proposed date to reopen Rutherford Elementary is September 2025.

Proposed catchment boundary changes information page

Read the report to the Board of Education.

Watch the video of the May 15, 2024 Board of Education meeting.

On October 25, 2023, the Board of Education made the decision to reopen Rutherford Elementary School as of September 2025. The creation of a School Transition Working Group will address issues associated with reopening the facility and provide the Board with recommendations with respect to appropriate catchments for Rutherford and the surrounding schools and potential programming, if applicable, to ensure the long-term viability of the school.

If you have any questions or feedback regarding this project, please email

Presented at the October 11, 2023, Business Committee meeting:


Business Committee – December 13, 2023