Minister for Education, Mike Bernier says he stands by his decision to fire the Vancouver School Board, despite four Vision Vancouver school board trustees threatening legal action against him.
Bernier was at Lord Tennyson Elementary this morning, announcing the school will be replaced with the help of $24.5 million provincial funding in 2020.
But when asked about the defamation case that could be launched against him, Bernier had little to say on the matter.
“They did not follow the school act. What I’ll say is I just received that letter, it’s being reviewed and I’ll respond in due course appropriately. So, I stand behind my decision to remove the board.”
Four Trustees allege Bernier and the President of the of the BC School Superintendents Association smeared their names by going public with allegations of bullying linked to senior members of the VSB administration.
They’re demanding an apology and retraction, and threatening a defamation suit if they don’t get it.
Six senior staff took medical leave at the beginning of the month, and one of them has since left for the Burnaby School District.
WorkSafeBC is also conducting an investigation into the allegations.
Last week, Bernier fired the board saying they had failed to produce a balanced budget; board members say they had planned to pass one that evening.
Not all trustees are looking for legal action
Former Vancouver School Board Green trustee Janet Fraser says she is unsure whether or not to pursue legal action after she was fired from the board almost two weeks ago.
“I think I’m waiting for the investigation to play out and see what comes out of that. I think it’s up to each trustee and obviously each party to make the decision, as they think best.”
Fraser says she will sit tight on any legal action for now.