Whatever the province’s proposal for the VSB is, the former BC NDP leader says it shouldn’t include closing schools.
MLA Adrian Dix says three schools on the chopping block are in his riding, an area that will see a massive increase in density.
“One of the largest increases in density we have ever seen was passed by the city yesterday. And to increase the number of homes in our neighbourhood, the number of families, the number of children, and to close the number of schools, local services, makes no sense.”
The Grandview-Woodland community plan was also released earlier this week, and proposes a number of new towers built in the area which stretches from the Commercial-Broadway SkyTrain station north to the residential areas bordering the port.
The 30-year plan envisions six-10 storey towers next to the transit hub, six storey buildings along East Broadway, and townhouses and duplexes in the residential area around 10th avenue.
Yet in that area, the VSB has proposed the closure of two schools, Britannia High School and Queen Alexandra Elementary, as well as the nearby schools Seymour Elementary and Gladstone High School.
Surrey’s schools can’t keep up with development
That city is dealing with the opposite of Vancouver as the fast pace of development is causing overcrowding and putting immense pressure on the school system.
In April, the Surrey School Board asked the City of Surrey to “temporarily suspend all new development approvals in the Clayton, Grandview/South Surrey and Newton regions until the Surrey School District receives adequate provincial funding to support the growing numbers of students moving into these regions.”
Premier Christy Clark and Education Minister Mike Bernier announced 2,700 new public school spaces in Surrey in May.
But advocates say the funding isn’t enough to get all students out of nearly 300 portables.