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Preferred School Size Working Group

The Preferred School Size Working Group (PSSWG) is an ad hoc stakeholder group convened to review, consider and discuss educational and fiscal criteria, examine current practices and draft guidelines for preferred school population sizes for VSB elementary and secondary schools. PSSWG was established in response to a recommendation from the May 2019 Long Range Facilities Plan approved by Vancouver Board of Education, that the District establish guidelines on preferred student population size with the goal of determining appropriate ranges of school size to inform planning decisions. 

PSSWG members are comprised of representatives from Vancouver Elementary School Teachers Association, Vancouver Secondary Teacher Association, Vancouver Elementary Principals and Vice Principals Association, Vancouver Association of Secondary School Administrators, District Parents Advisory Council, Vancouver District Student Council, and Vancouver school district staff

PSSWG will convene monthly starting February 2020. PSSWG findings and report to VSB Senior Management and to VBE Facilities Planning Committee are expected by Fall 2020.


Meeting 1 - February 10, 2020

VSB PSSWG Meeting #1 Agenda - February 10 2020

VSB PSSWG - Terms of Reference - February 10 2020

VSB PSSWG - Definition of terms and considerations - February 10 2020

Meeting #1 Summary - February 10,  2020

Copy of the February PowerPoint Presentation

Literature Review and Research

Literature review OECD Education Working Papers No. 106 - School Size Policies: A Literature Review


Meeting 2 - March 9, 2020

VSB PSSWG Meeting #2 Agenda - March 9, 2020

French Immersion Program Review Report 2018 (page 15)

Cmtee III - French Immersion Program Report 2018 Powerpoint (page 25)

Review of District Special Education Support Programs Report 2018

District Special Education Programs Review PowerPoint Presentation

VSB PSSWG Meeting #2 Presentation - March 9, 2020

VSB PSSWG Meeting #2 Meeting Summary - March 9, 2020


Meeting 3 - October 8, 2020

VSB PSSWG Meeting #3 Agenda - October 8, 2020

Presentation - Financial Considerations in Relation to School Sizes

VSB PSSWG Meeting #3 - October 8, 2020 - Meeting Summary


Meeting 4 - November 16, 2020

VSB PSSWG Meeting #4 Agenda - November 16, 2020

Meeting #4 Presentation – November 16, 2020

PSSWG Meeting #4 Meeting Summary -November 16, 2020


Meeting 5 - December 10, 2020

VSB PSSWG Meeting #5 Agenda - December 10, 2020

Meeting #5 Presentation -  December 10, 2020

PSSWG Meeting #5 Meeting Summary - December 10, 2020


Meeting 6 - January 21, 2021

VSB PSSWG Meeting #6 Agenda - January 21, 2021

Meeting #6 Presentation -  January 21, 2021


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