The MLA for Vancouver-West End is warning against selling off school properties.
It’s one of the recommendations made in a review released yesterday, pointing to ten-thousand empty seats in Vancouver classrooms.
But Spencer Chandra-Herbert says in the early 1980’s the same recommendation was made for the West End’s King George High School.
In the 1980’s when the province was pushing for King George High’s closure, the school had few students.
“At the time they didn’t believe there would be kids coming to live downtown. Fast forward to today, the school is full to bursting, and we’re actually having to look at if we can increase the capacity of the school.”
Chandra-Herbert says things change, and it is irresponsible to be ill prepared.
“I think it is a cautionary tale. If you want to close schools and sell them, thinking you are going to save money, it could really bite you in the butt in the end. Who would ever be able to buy land in downtown Vancouver now to start a school there’s just no way you could.”
When asked about the possibility of leasing out the land instead of selling it, Chandra-Herbert says he’ll leave it up to the Vancouver School Board to make its own decisions.