Monday is the day the Vancouver School Board will narrow down its list of 11 schools considered for closure.
It’s all part of the Board’s long range facilities plan.
Board Trustee Patti Bachhus says there’s been a lot of paper work and information to sift through.
“We have nine trustees and I don’t want to speculate, I don’t know how all the other trustees are thinking at this point. We all have the same information. Certainly, myself, I have an inbox full of emails and lots of questions that need answers.”
Asked if she’s made any decisions on the 11 schools and which should move forward for potential closure, she says it might come down to the very last minute.
As for Green Trustee Janet Fraser:
“At the moment I would support them all to move for consultation unless something changes my mind between now and Monday.”
Ahead of the vote, Fraser says she’s already made up her mind.
“My intent at the moment is to move all 11 forward for consultation unless something happens to change my mind before the vote”
Bachhus says it hasn’t been an easy road.
“I’m going to be giving it a lot more thought and reading a lot more documents. We have to weigh so many factors. We have to consider whether any school consolidations would that speed up the seismic approval.”
Last Week Education Minister Mike Bernier scrapped the 95 per cent district-wide capacity targets which was required to secure funding for seismic upgrades.
School Trustees will vote one by one on each of the 11 schools at Tupper Secondary Monday evening.
A final decision on school closures will be made in December.
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