An independent school in Abbotsford is feeling the effects of the BC Public School dispute.
Executive Director of the Abbotsford Christian School, Julius Siebenga says they’re planning for an increase in enrollment come September.
“There certainly will be more interest but we don’t want to be a school that comes across as a school that says ‘oh, the strike is really bad, it’s a horrible place in the public district, everybody come to our private independent school.’ That’s not the message we want to send, we want people coming to our school for the right reasons.”
Added Siebenga: ”If the strike is like it is today right before school starts in September, I expect we’ll receive quite a few calls, at least of interest and finding out the process of what it takes to register in our school and if there is space in a different spot.”
He says there has already been more interest from parents in the school than in past years.
The Coalition of B.C. Businesses has applied for intervenor status in the court case between the provincial government and the B.C. Teachers Federation over class-size and composition.
Neither side in the dispute gave any comment or updates over the weekend.