By September, teachers in the Vancouver school district may be forking out a monthly payment to park at their school.
School Board chair Christopher Richardson says its tough but charging for parking could generate between $200,000 to $300,000 in revenue for the district.
“So when the kids come back to school in the fall, within a month if a person wanted a reserved spot they would pay, or if they wanted a general spot at a school the teaching staff would be required to pay.”
Richardson says it will be $35 a month for a reserved spot or $15 a month for what ever is available plus 27% combined tax.
“It is unfortunate but teachers have had access to free parking on-site for many years. I think the previous board, and you would have to ask them, had some tough decisions to make last year to their budget and this was seen as the lesser of many evils.”
However a local union, IUOE local 963, is exempt.
“They are the custodians. That union also does comprise some cafeteria workers and some of our trades people are not required and will be provided parking. One of the things I will be asking staff is if that is a contractual obligation or is it the nature of their job that we are required to provide them with parking.”
On Twitter Trustee Mike Lombardi says he doesn’t support the idea and it could be deferred again or cancelled outright at a meeting set for Wednesday night.