Trustees of the Vancouver Board of Education have approved an Interim Long Range Facilities Plan (LRFP) to submit to the Ministry of Education by January 31, 2016.
VSB will spend the next month getting information out to the public about the interim plan before beginning consultation in late February. Feedback from the public will help to inform an updated plan that will be sent to the Ministry in June.
The Interim LRFP is a framework that will guide the upgrading and building of schools over the next 14 years while the seismic mitigation program (SMP) is completed. It is intended to get students and staff into safe schools as quickly as possible while also making sure schools are located where they are needed for future enrolment.
The Ministry of Education funds the seismic mitigation program and has criteria for funding the program. That includes having Vancouver and other large urban school districts work towards an average 95 % capacity utilization by the time the program is complete, using excess seats for temporary accommodation while schools are being seismically upgraded and identifying schools that will be priorities for seismic upgrading in the next three to five years.
Once an updated LRFP is submitted it will be reviewed annually to take into account changes in demographics, enrolment or education policies.
Following public consultation and the submission of the updated plan, staff will begin to create an implementation plan, which examines zones around the district to meet the needs for safe schools and enrolment in each area.
As implementation moves forward any significant changes, including repurposing schools for temporary accommodation or closing schools, would follow VBE policy and consultation with individual school communities.
For more information on the Interim LRFP please visit: http://www.vsb.bc.ca/VSBengagement