“A political spectacle”.
That’s what interveners are labeling the Ernst & Young report, which months ago called for the Vancouver School Board to sell off 19 schools and properties in order to help balance their budget.
The VSB finally heard from staff and management today; among them, Vancouver Secondary Teachers’ Association president Rory Brown.
“Public lands and public facilities aren’t for sale. For thirteen years, the provincial government and the provincial government before it has underfunded public education. They shouldn’t look at the public school facilities as a piggy-bank that they can crack open to pay for that mismanagement, that underfunding.”
Moreover, urban planner Andy Yan says numbers from BC Statistics show a large number of children coming down the pipeline that will need public education, and those facilities.
“What the data showed is that the city will be growing by 140,000 new residents by 2041, and specifically there will be a projected growth in school-aged children.”
Yan suggested VSB schools will be at capacity by 2025.
The Board is expected to vote on the potential closure on November 25th.