Media Releases

Mar 7 2012 - 5:44pm
In the lead up to another challenging budget year, the VSB has asked for and received a report from PwC on recommendations on potential revenue sources and cost savings to help reduce the Board’s projected $8 - 8.5 million funding shortfall this year.
 
Dec 7 2011 - 3:28pm
The Vancouver School Board is committed to ensuring that costs are kept to a minimum following the Ministry of Education’s direction to all school districts earlier this month requiring them to generate and distribute report cards even though they will be without marks during the current teachers’ job action.
 
Oct 5 2011 - 1:37pm
Last night the Planning and Facilities Committee of the Vancouver Board of Education received a preliminary draft report from Coriolos Consulting outlining the current seismic risks facing many of the district’s oldest schools. The assessment detailed three options for each school and provided preliminary estimated costs required to seismically upgrade, renovate and/or replace 48 aging schools.
 
Feb 3 2011 - 5:56pm
The following statement is being issued by Superintendent of Schools, Steve Cardwell regarding today’s media release from the Office of Information and Privacy Commissioner.
 
Dec 5 2010 - 1:25pm
The Vancouver Board of Education should not consider the closure of five elementary schools at this time according to one of nine recommendation from senior staff in the Administrative Report: Public Consultation on School Closures and Recommendations to the Vancouver Board of Education.
 
Jun 4 2010 - 10:24am
Vancouver Board of Education Chairperson Patti Bacchus will host a media conference concerning today’s release of the Special Advisor’s report.
 
Apr 16 2010 - 11:55am
Minister of Education Margaret MacDiarmid is quoted in today’s Province newspaper making another inaccurate claim about the Vancouver School Board.
 
Apr 7 2010 - 4:28pm
The Vancouver School Board this evening released its preliminary operating budget proposals designed to address an $18.12-million deficit in the 2010-11 school year.
 
Mar 3 2010 - 3:40pm
Vancouver School Board Chair Patti Bacchus is pleased to hear the province will fund the teachers’ provincially negotiated salary increase and reinstate at least for 2010-2011 the Annual Facilities Grant that was canceled last August, but warns the district still faces $17.6 million in unfunded costs. 
 
Jan 19 2010 - 10:57am
Eight hundred teachers in the Vancouver school district will be receiving letters today advising them of possible layoffs and requesting they update their qualifications on file with the Vancouver School Board.
 
Dec 3 2009 - 12:33pm
Vancouver Board of Education trustees have selected Steve Cardwell as the new Superintendent of Schools and Chief Executive Officer for School District No. 39 (Vancouver).
 
Nov 25 2009 - 2:24pm
Vancouver Board of Education trustees, employee unions and parents have come together to jointly convey their deep concerns about recent funding changes that are making it increasingly difficult for Vancouver schools to meet the learning needs of all students.
 
Sep 8 2009 - 11:00pm
In support of its position that the education of our children and youth is the best investment of public funds, the Vancouver Board of Education passed a series of resolutions Wednesday night calling on the provincial government to: fully fund increased costs to school districts; restore grants that have been cancelled or reduced; fund the costs of H1N1 prevention; fund increased employee MSP premium increases; grant 75 percent Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) rebates to school districts; alter legislation to allow boards to carry deficits; and fully fund all-day Kindergarten implementation. 
 
Aug 27 2009 - 1:10pm
Vancouver school trustees are reeling from Thursday’s announcement of a $10.6 million cut from the Ministry of Education for funds earmarked to pay for building component upgrades and replacements to Vancouver’s elementary and secondary schools.  
 
Jun 29 2009 - 11:00pm
The Vancouver Board of Education has initiated its search for a new Superintendent of Schools/CEO for the Vancouver school district. As part of this search, the board of trustees have retained Pinton, Forrest and Madden as the executive search firm.
 
Jun 28 2009 - 11:00pm
Last month, the Vancouver Public Schools Foundation’s board voted to dissolve the foundation effective June 30, 2009 and move responsibility for the accounts to the Vancouver School Board.
 
Apr 29 2009 - 11:00pm
Vancouver’s Board of Education trustees approved two 2009/10 operating budgets this evening — a “compliance” budget containing $7.12 million in spending reductions, and a “needs” budget outlining what the board believes it needs to meet the district’s needs.
 
Apr 20 2009 - 11:00pm
Students from across the Vancouver school district will join the world in celebrating Earth Day 2009 on Wednesday, April 22.
 
Apr 1 2009 - 11:00pm
Board of Education trustees have sent a letter to parents of students in the Vancouver school district to explain the 2009/2010 Preliminary Operating Budget plan that proposes steps the district management might take in order to comply with the School Act and submit a balanced budget