Important update on school closure process
Dec. 14, 2010 -- Vancouver Board of Education Trustees have decided to not consider further the potential closure of five elementary schools planned for June 30, 2011.
At the open board meeting of Dec. 14, 2010, trustees adopted a dozen motions stemming from the Administrative Report of the Public Consultation on School Closures and Recommendations to the Board of Education.
The full set of motions include:
1) That the Vancouver Board of Education not proceed with further closure discussions with respect to the five schools under consideration of potential closure planned for June 30, 2011.
4) That the Vancouver Board of Education convene a meeting with the City of Vancouver and other agencies to develop strategic public partnerships to broaden the community and school use of district facilities.
10) That the Vancouver Board of Education develop a long-term school strategy in order to encourage neighbourhood attendance at local schools. The strategy will be developed in consultation with school communities.
12) That the Vancouver Board of Education send the "Administrative Report: Public Consultation on School Closures" with accompanying letter emphasizing the specific concerns (i.e. provincial funding shortfall, neighbourhood schools should be the hub of the community and support for Aboriginal and vulnerable students) we heard from the parents and school communities to the Minister of Education, candidates for the leader of the Opposition Party, Opposition Education critic, Liberal leadership candidates and all Vancouver area MLAs. Further, that the VBE invite them to provide a reaction to the parent and community concerns.
Dec. 5, 2010 --7, 2010 at 7 p.m. in the Boardroom, Education Centre, 1580 West Broadway.
In related information, the Vancouver Board of Education commissioned Ipsos Reid to conduct a public opinion survey on the topic of school closures. Read the full survey report.
Public consultation for the five schools being considered for closure was scheduled between
These five schools will take part in the public consultation meetings
Read here for information on the format for the public consultation meetings
Powerpoint presentations from public meetings are posted at the top of the school pages.
|On Oct. 5, 2010, the Vancouver Board of Education directed staff to initiate a public consultation process based on the recommendations contained within the staff-prepared Administrative Report: Schools Considered for Possible Closure. |
The 144-page report provides detailed information and analysis of the enrolment trends, school space utilization, current school programming, facility and site information, operational issues and financial impact for each school that received pre-notification of potential consideration for closure in June 2010.
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