The Vancouver School Board voted Monday night to suspend the potential closure of 11 schools.
Vision VSB Trustee Patti Bacchus says all consultations planned for the next few weeks have been cancelled.
This comes as the Vancouver School Board faces allegations of bullying and harassment just days after two key staff members of the Vancouver School District went on indefinite medical leave.
Education Minister Mike Bernier says WorkSafeBC is looking into the accusations.
Bernier received a letter from the BC School Superintendents Association with serious allegations of a toxic work environment.
Bacchus, speaking to CKNW’s Jon McComb, denied the allegations.
“I have never, ever experience the trustees bullying staff. I’ve heard them ask hard questions and ask for information, and if anything I hear them every meeting thanking staff, acknowledging their hard work and they do work very hard and we have outstanding senior staff.”
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She says that she has never seen bullying in the workplace.
“I have never bullied someone myself, I’ve never witnessed another employee or another trustee bully staff. I’ve seen one of our NPA trustee shout at meetings and it can be quite rude but I don’t suspect that’s what this is about.”
Bacchus says they take complaints very seriously, but that the board is not aware of complaints of that nature from any of their staff.
“I can tell you we have very good processes in place, we take those kinds of complaints very seriously if they are brought to the attention of human resources or to the Board.”
This comes as the board grapples with a $15 million dollar budget shortfall in the 2017-2018 school year and considers closing 11 schools.