One of the schools earmarked in an Ernst and Young audit commissioned by the Education ministry recommended to possibly close to save money in the Vancouver school district is Britannia Secondary.
Many parents whose kids are attending the school or the nearby elementary are sad at the potenital loss.
Jay Coullion has two kids who would feed into the high school.
“We recently moved to the area. We really like the sense of community that’s here. We like that everything is centralized, they can go to school, everything is safe and close. I think that if they had to go too far especially as the community is growing all the time.
Candace Myron with two young children who are on track to attend the high school – is not happy with that prospect.
“It would be a bit of a heartbreak for us. It’s such a community in this area, right? And the high school kids and the elementary school kids they really put it together and there’s just life in the area, you know? And for our kids where else are they going to go?”
She’s also concerned that if the high school moves, attendance will dwindle at the nearby community centre’s after school programs for at risk kids.
“If they’re not going to school here, chances of them coming down to the positive behaviour outlets for them they are going to end up hanging out at skytrains and transit areas as well.”
One Britannia secondary teacher a says the school shutting down wouldn’t be a bad thing because the number of kids is so low they can’t get the funding necessary to run the programs the kids should be able to access.