The Vancouver School Board today released detailed reports to the Board of Trustees about schools on a preliminary list that might be considered for closure before the start of the 2017-18 school year. The trustees will now review these reports are set to decide and at a board meeting on September 26 whether some or any of the schools on the preliminary list should be considered for closure. See below for links, excerpt of media release, and the list.
Excerpts of VSB media release:
As part of its long range facilities planning, VSB staff have submitted detailed reports to the Board of Trustees about the schools on the preliminary list that might be considered for closure before the start of the 2017-18 school year. The trustees will now review these reports, and at a board meeting on September 26, will decide whether some or any of the schools on the preliminary list should be considered for closure.
The list of 12 schools was presented to the Board in June 2016, and these administrative reports, along with an overview report titled “Strategic Report: Potential School Closures,” have been submitted as required by VSB policy and conforming to the School Act. If the Board decides to consider those schools for closure, consultation with affected school communities would commence in October and continue through November. In December trustees will decide whether any schools will be closed.
Following the submission of the Long Range Facilities Plan (LRFP), where the public provided extensive input on priorities for school facilities, VSB’s facilities planners reviewed all 110 VSB schools based on the factors for consideration identified in the LRFP. Then, in collaboration with district educators, they examined the impact of a closure on educational programs, student needs and learning. The preliminary list of schools that might be considered for closure was the result of that process.
Staff has now developed reports, which will provide trustees, the school community, and the public with detailed information to support discussion, consultation, and decision making. These administrative reports include:
- Explanation of the process for identification of the school for inclusion on the preliminary list
Information about the school being considered for closure and the school(s) that would receive students, including: location; enrolment history and projections; operating capacity and utilization; vulnerability of current school population; geographical considerations; building condition; seismic rating; school site considerations; potential to use the school for temporary accommodation; and other details
- Review and assessment of LRFP school closure implementation considerations
- Implication of closing that school for the seismic mitigation program
- Financial implications of closing that school
- Implementation considerations if that school is closed
Reports released on Vancouver school closures (by Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver, 13-Sep-2016)
“Trustees also have a meeting this Thursday, when the individual reports will be discussed….The VSB is considering school closures to meet orders from the provincial government that school facilities must have 95% of their space used, though the method to determine whether space is used or not has been subject to criticism….Currently, VSB schools use about 84.6% of their capacity, and it’s anticipated that as many as 21 schools could be closed in total.
Media release, with detailed backgrounder
Detailed administrative reports on schools proposed for closure presented to trustees
The information reports are available at engage.vsb.bc.ca.
List of schools
- Queen Elizabeth Annex (K-3)
- Champlain Heights Annex (K – 3)
- Tecumseh Annex (K – 3)
- McBride Annex (K – 3)
- Dr. A.R. Lord Elementary
- Admiral Seymour Elementary
- Graham D. Bruce Elementary
- Sir Guy Carleton Elementary
- Queen Alexandra Elementary
- Pierre Elliott Trudeau Elementary
- Britannia Secondary Summary
- Gladstone Secondary Summary