MLA for Vancouver-Kingsway Adrian Dix is standing his ground that Sir Guy Carleton Elementary should re-open after a fire damaged the main building to the tune of $6 million.
For the time being, nearly 300 students will be moved to Cunningham for the 2016-2017 school year, but he says it’s not acceptable for the long term — despite a five minute distance from Carleton.
“Parents and grandparents take their children on foot to Carleton Elementary and they marched it out with their child this weekend and it’s a 45-minute walk to Cunningham Elementary.”
It’s looking like the odds are stacked up against Carleton: it’s under capacity, on the Vancouver School Board’s chopping block, and now the extensive fire damage.
Dix was asked if it still makes sense to re-open.
“We have accepted here their highest levels of density in recent times, approved by the city, any neighborhood in Vancouver…in fact the highest levels of density in these catchments that are affected.”
He adds that the school is essential for the community in years to come, especially with the Joyce Stations plan.
“Not only is the eastside accepting more density but it has more students so the school is of enormous value and it’s in an area where we are going to have more people in the future and not less.”
“The idea is to dramatically increase density in Southeast Vancouver which is happening. The Joyce station plan triples the number of homes in the neighborhood. There are going to be eight, thirty-storey buildings going up within walking distance.”
Earlier, VSB Chair Mike Lombardi said the fire doesn’t indicate Carleton will close for good, and that the board is still waiting on reports on all 12 schools.