A motion appearing before the Vancouver School Board on Monday from NPA Trustee Stacy Robertson suggests the Board re-negotiate its cost-sharing agreement on the Britannia Centre with the Britannia Community Services Society.
It says all grounds and facilities at the centre are maintained by the VSB.
The site has an elementary and secondary school, plus a library, ice rink, pool, and community office.
According to the document, VSB staff reviewed the agreement in 2011 and found the cost-sharing formula doesn’t consider the actual hours of operation used by the Board, or recognize how much it costs to operate each building individually.
It also found the VSB spends a lot more to operate its elementary and secondary schools there – $850 thousand dollars more.
Board trustee Mike Lombardi says if the motion does pass and the agreement is re-negotiated, it could help free up more money to tackle the budget shortfall.
“If you’re able to realize some savings you’re currently into an agreement you’d have some available for other uses.”
The motion also says if board staff aren’t able to reach a fair arrangement with the Services Society, the VSB authorizes staff to terminate the agreement to all parties by the end of the month.
School board chair Mike Lombardi says the motion hasn’t yet been considered, and the school board supports the complex.
“We’re being supportive of the Britannia Community complex, we’ve been part of it from the very beginnings, it’s what I call a ‘Womb to Tomb’ service centre.”