School Board reveals potential school closure list

June 24, 2016

Dr. A.R. Lord Elementary is one of 12 schools being considered for closure.Dr. A.R. Lord Elementary is one of 12 schools being considered for closure.

The Vancouver School Board (VSB) has revealed its preliminary list of schools slated for closure, including nearby Britannia Secondary and Dr. A.R. Lord Elementary. The schools will be closed in exchange for seismic upgrading funding from the province.

The schools on the list have a long history in our community. Some, like Sir Guy Carleton in Vancouver-Kingsway, have been part of the city's fabric for over 100 years. These are important public spaces, where we can come together as a community to learn, meet, and play.

The targeted schools are each under 95 per cent enrolment, an arbitrary school capacity rate set by the provincial government. Requiring 95 per cent student enrolment leaves little space for for learning enrichment or community purposes, such as music rooms, learning assistance spaces, or childcare areas. B.C.'s capacity rate requirement is not matched in other jurisdictions – Calgary is moving towards an 80 per cent capacity rule, down from its current 85 per cent requirement.

Closing schools based on a flawed utilization formula is short-sighted, and damaging to communities and neighbourhoods, and will not fix the school board’s $18 million operating deficit, a direct result of years of provincial under funding.

Reports on each school on the preliminary closure list will be presented to VSB trustees in September. I urge you to engage with the school board and the Ministry of Education as this process unfolds.

Email Minister Bernier directly at EDUC.minister@gov.bc.ca.
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Thoughtful, consistent transit plan needed

Premier Clark’s recent transit announcement doesn’t commit to anything beyond the first phase of the mayors’ plan, leaving the future of the plan uncertain.

The premier is clearly hoping that her photo op with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will make Metro Vancouver commuters forget the six years she has spent delaying needed transit investment.

While people across the region struggled with a deteriorating public transit system, Clark was sparring with mayors, passing the buck, and wasting years on her failed referendum.

After letting public transit in the Metro region sit in gridlock for six years, Clark jumped at a chance to make the bad headlines go away. She
did just enough to get a good photo op with the prime minister, but not nearly enough to show people in the region that she will stop playing political games with the public transit system that they rely on.

Congestion in the region is costing the B.C. economy more than a billion dollars a year – that’s why we need action, not posturing or photo-ops, from Clark’s government.

15th Sunrise Summer Kickoff kicks off July 9

The 15th annual Sunrise Summer Kickoff is coming up July 9, featuring street hockey, cultural shows, live music and dance performances, crafts, a carnival, a petting zoo, and more. I’ve had the pleasure of watching this event get bigger and better every year, and look forward to seeing you there.

Congratulations to the Hastings North Business Improvement Association and Hastings Sunrise Community Policing Centre on 15 years of hosting this wonderful community event!

Register to be an organ donor

Over 500 British Columbians are waiting for an organ transplant.

Althought 95 per cent of British Columbians support organ donation, only twenty per cent are registered organ donors, according to a recent Kidney Foundation poll. One donor can save up to eight lives; please take the time to register as an organ donor today.

To register your decision you need:
• your BC Personal Health Number
• your name, birth date, and address
• to be at least 19 years old, or have permission from your guardian
Register at https://register.transplant.bc.ca/

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