B.C.’s Education Minister has issued an open letter to the public, after firing the Vancouver School Board and replacing it with an official trustee.
Mike Bernier says former superintendent at the Delta school district, Dianne Turner, will be working with the district team to develop a plan that puts Vancouver “back on firm financial footing.”
Bernier said yesterday school closures are off the table for now, but the ultimate decision lies with Turner.
Read the full letter:
Dear Vancouver Parent,
I wanted to let you know about what is happening in School District 39. I have appointed Dianne Turner as official trustee for the Vancouver school district to ensure the Vancouver school district remains focused on providing students with the best education.
Dianne Turner is one of the most respected educators in our province. She’s been a teacher, a vice-principal, and principal in the Vancouver school district. She’s been an education leader in her time as assistant-superintendent and superintendent at the Delta school district. Born and raised in Vancouver – she’s ready to chart a path forward for our schools and our school system.
I know Ms. Turner will be talking with students, parents and staff over the coming days and weeks, and she will work side-by-side with district staff to establish a sustainable, long-term plan to improve student achievement and services.
I’ve asked Ms. Turner to work with her district team and develop a plan that puts Vancouver back on a firm financial footing. I have also asked her to restore a stable and safe workplace, provide continuity by helping senior leaders to return, and develop a plan to further accelerate seismic upgrades and preserve education services for students.
We will work together to put the delays of the past in the past – and move forward to a better future for students in Vancouver.
Minister of Education