The potential closure or re-purposing of up to 21 schools in Vancouver had at least 40 parents show up for a public meeting hosted by the Grandview Woodland Area Council on the future of public education in East Van.
Sarah Chapman-Chen says her son attends Lord Nelson, which is slated for seismic upgrades, but he’ll be a student at Templeton Secondary by the time it’s complete.
“I’m just worried that he’s going to spend the rest of his school career in public education in a crumbling building or in limbo.”
While Chapman-Chen blames what she calls chronic underfunding, another parent of two, Siobhan Jackson, says she’s fed up the Vancouver School Board keeps playing the blame game.
“I think there is hard choices to make and I hope that this school board focuses on demonstrating that they’ve made every effort and that they’ve acted responsibly.”
Others decried the use of taxpayer dollars to subsidize private schools.