School Closures

October 11, 2016

The Vancouver Board of Education has suspended the school closure process. The following eleven schools that were being considered for closure will not be considered for closure at this time. All consultation and town hall meetings regarding closures are therefore canceled. 

POTENTIAL CONSIDERATION for CLOSURE NOTICE

On September 26, 2016 trustees voted to confirm the following list of schools for closure consideration. Below are links to the notices sent to the school community regarding the public consultation process.

Champlain Heights Annex  
7835 Champlain Crescent
English, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional
McBride Annex
4750 St. Catherines Street
English, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Filipino
Queen Elizabeth Annex
4275 Crown Street
English
Tecumseh Annex
1551 E. 37th Avenue
English, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Filipino
Admiral Seymour Elementary School
1130 Keefer Street
English, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Vietnamese
Dr. A.R. Lord Elementary School
555 Lillooet Street
English, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Vietnamese
Graham D. Bruce Elementary School
3633 Tanner Street
English, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Filipino, Vietnamese
Pierre Elliott Trudeau
449 E. 62nd Avenue
English, Filipino, Punjabi
Queen Alexandra Elementary
1300 E. Broadway
English, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Filipino, Vietnamese
Sir Guy Carleton
3250 Kingsway
English, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Filipino
Gladstone Secondary School
4105 Gladstone Street
English, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Filipino, Vietnamese

For information, please refer to the Vancouver School District website at: engage.vsb.bc.ca

 


Henderson Annex and Laurier Annex

After several years of declining enrolment, parents at Henderson Annex and Laurier Annex are choosing to send remaining students to the main Elementary schools. The following is a notice delivered to the principals and PAC chairs of Henderson Annex and Laurier Annex to inform them of the VSB’s process to consider closing those two schools.

Please note: Reports for closure on these annexes are expected to be discussed at a joint meeting of Committee II and III on October 19. The Board will likely vote on recommendations regarding the recommended closure of these schools at their next meeting, scheduled for November 7, 2016.

April 19, 2016 - Full details of the process that will be undertaken between April 19 and October 30, 2016

April 19, 2016

In accordance with Board policy, please note that the following process will be undertaken between April 19 and October 30, 2016:

  1. An administrative report will be brought to a joint public meeting of Board Standing Committee II - Planning and Facilities and Committee III – Education and Student Services on June 15, 2016. This meeting will occur at 5:00 pm at 1580 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC.
  2. If consideration for closure is supported by the joint committee, then such recommendation will be forwarded to the next public Board meeting, which will occur at 7:00 pm on June 20, 2016 at 1580 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC. The Board will make a decision as to whether to consider closing the school at that time.
  3. If the Board makes to the decision to consider closing the school, the following will occur:
    1. The principal and the PAC will be notified of the decision on June 21, 2016.
    2. b) Public meetings to review the proposed closure and to provide an opportunity for community input into the proposed decision will be scheduled at 7:00 pm on September 20, 2016 at Laurier Elementary, 7350 Laurel Street, Vancouver, BC and Henderson Elementary, 451 East 53rd Street, Vancouver, BC. Notices of these meetings will be posted on the VSB website, advertised through local and social media, posted at the main entrances to Laurier Elementary and Annex and Henderson Elementary and Annex, as well as other appropriate locations to advise the school community and the public. In addition, the Parent Advisory Committees will be provided with notice of the meetings.
  4. Appropriate mechanisms for further feedback from the school community, internal stakeholders and the public will be provided prior to any final decision on closure being made by the Board. This will include an opportunity to provide written comments or submissions to the Board. All feedback is to be received by October 4, 2016.
  5. District staff will gather and summarize any input received during the public consultation process and bring an administrative report to a joint meeting of Board Standing Committee II - Planning and Facilities and Committee III – Education and Student Services at 5:00 pm on October 11, 2016 at 1580 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC.
  6. The Board of Education will make a final decision regarding closure of the schools at a public meeting at 7:00 pm on October 17, 2016 at 1580 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC.

It is recognized that the circumstances regarding the possible closure of Henderson and Laurier Annexes are somewhat unique in that there are no students enrolled for the 2016-17 school year. Nonetheless, we have determined that the formal school closure process should be adhered to according to Board policy FL: School Closures.

 


Maquinna Annex

In late spring 2015, after years of declining enrolment, parents at Maquinna Annex chose to send remaining students to the main Maquinna Elementary. The following is a notice delivered to Maquinna Elementary's principal and PAC chair to inform them of the VSB’s process to consider closing Maquinna Annex.

March 4, 2016 - Full details of the process between March 4 and June 30, 2016

March 4, 2016

In accordance with Board policy, please note that the following process will be undertaken between today’s date and June 30, 2016:

  1. An administrative report will be brought to a joint public meeting of Board Standing Committee II - Planning and Facilities and Committee III – Education and Student Services on May 5, 2016. This meeting will occur at 5:00 pm at 1580 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC.
  2. If consideration for closure is supported by the joint committee, then such recommendation will be forwarded to the next public Board meeting, which will occur at 7:00 pm on May 9, 2016 at 1580 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC. The Board will make a decision as to whether to consider closing the school at that time.
  3. If the Board makes to the decision to consider closing the school, the following will occur:
    1. The principal and the PAC will be notified of the decision on May 10, 2016.
    2. A public meeting to review the proposed closure and to provide an opportunity for community input into the proposed decision will be scheduled at 7:00 pm on May 25, 2016 at Maquinna Elementary, 2684 East 2nd Avenue, Vancouver, BC. Notice of this meeting will be posted on the VSB website, advertised through local and social media, posted at the main entrance to Maquinna Elementary and Maquinna Annex as well as other appropriate locations to advise the school community and the public. In addition, the Parent Advisory Committee will be provided with notice of the meeting.
  4. Appropriate mechanisms for further feedback from the school community, internal stakeholders and the public will be provided prior to any final decision on closure being made by the Board This will include an opportunity to provide written comments or submissions to the Board. All feedback is to be received by June 9, 2016.
  5. District staff will gather and summarize any input received during the public consultation process and bring an administrative report to a joint meeting of Board Standing Committee II - Planning and Facilities and Committee III – Education and Student Services at 5:00 pm on June 15, 2016 at 1580 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC.
  6. The Board of Education will make a final decision regarding closure of the school at a public meeting at 7:00 pm on June 20, 2016 at 1580 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC.

It is recognized that the circumstances regarding the possible closure of Maquinna Annex are somewhat unique in that there are currently no students attending the school. Nonetheless, we have determined that the formal school closure process should be adhered to according to Board policy FL: School Closures.

June 29, 2016:  Maquinna Annex — Recommendation for Closure


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