The Little Yellow Schoolhouse is over 100 years old and it’s considered a gem to many in the Kitsilano community.
But the future of the schoolhouse, which sits on the grounds of the newly built General Gordon Elementary school, is in the hands of the Vancouver School Board’s lone trustee Dianne Turner.
In a report, VSB staff are proposing to demolish the building to make room for more playground space and to widen a nearby laneway.
Former school board trustee Patti Bacchus says the board was faced with the same tough decision last year but asked staff for ways to lease the building for local program use.
“Staff will often propose doing the simplest thing or the least expensive or least complicated thing that makes sense in many, many cases. But there are other times when the most expedient decision isn’t necessarily what’s best for the community.”
The report acknowledges the building holds sentimental value to the community but argues it’s in poor condition and would require a significant investment to make the building usable.
It also says the City is holding a letter of credit from the VSB of $180,000 for completion of the lane widening.
A decision will be made on Wednesday.