For Immediate Release: November 15th, 2010

At tonight’s Board of Education meeting, COPE Trustees introduced two important notices of motion designed to support neighbourhood schools in Vancouver. The first motion by Trustee Allan Wong called on the Board to, "convene a meeting with the Vancouver City Council, Vancouver Park Board, Community Associations, Neighbourhood Houses, childcare providers, and any other relevant community service providers to develop strategies to encourage the public use of public space."

Wong made it clear that COPE Trustees want to do everything they can to see VSB properties remain public use spaces in the event of any changes to schools. "These are extraordinarily valuable public assets that have helped support neighbourhoods across Vancouver for decades," said Wong. "We need to work with all community stakeholders and try as hard as possible to make sure these schools remain places that are publicly owned for the public benefit."

Trustee Bouey’s motion called on the Board to, "develop a long-term neighbourhood schools strategy in order to encourage neighbourhood attendance at local schools." Bouey stressed that the Board would need to make sure community groups were front and centre in helping to develop the strategy. "We have amazing, healthy, and vibrant neighbourhood schools in every corner of Vancouver, and the Board should be doing everything it can to help parents understand these are the perfect place for their children to learn: close by, with their neighbours, in a community they call home."

Fellow COPE Trustee Al Blakey echoed his colleagues saying, "Our small neighbourhood schools are the cornerstones of our communities. We need to make sure we’re doing everything we can to help them continue that role, it’s good for students and it’s good for communities."

Full Text of Motions:

Notice of Motion #1 Allan Wong: That the VSB convene a meeting with the Vancouver City Council, Vancouver Park Board, Community Associations, Neighbourhood Houses, childcare providers, and any other relevant community service providers to develop strategies to encourage the public use of public space.

Notice of Motion #2 Jane Bouey: That the VSB develop a long-term neighbourhood schools strategy in order to encourage neighbourhood attendance at local schools. This strategy would be developed in consultation with school communities.

 

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