Presentation to VBE re EY report
On November 10, the Vancouver School Board held a special public input meeting for feedback on the proposed response to the June 8 EY recommendations. These recommendations included the closure of 19 East Vancouver schools to meet a district capacity target of 95%. The PAN presented alongside other stakeholders such as DPAC, VESTA, VSTA and CUPE. There were common themes that emerged including the concern over selling school land, the privileging of corporate efficiency over educational wisdom, and the need for the board to remain transparent to stakeholders in its decision making processes. PAN highlighted the negative impact on students, learning environments and the arts should a 95% capacity target be agreed upon. A highlight of the evening was a presentation by Andy Yan, a city planner who stunned everyone by citing BC statistics student population predictions for Vancouver, which anticipate an increase of 25,000 school age students by 2041. If this is the case, then the elimination of 7,000 ‘empty seats’ through school closures seem shortsighted indeed! The report is attached FYI.
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