COPE School Board Trustees welcome moratorium on school closures, demand answers from BC Liberals

COPE Trustees today applauded a staff report that recommended all five elementary schools proposed for closure remain open, and a school closure moratorium be implemented until the end of the 2011 school year.

Trustee Jane Bouey said COPE supports the nine staff recommendations but will be proposing additional measures. “Neighbourhoods have been very clear during our consultation process about their concerns,” said Bouey, “Our amendments will reflect more comprehensively the views that were put forward by neighbourhoods across the city.”

Trustee Allan Wong said he was pleased the report incorporated his proposal from November 15th to work with community stakeholders to support local schools. “We heard very clearly from the public that supporting neighbourhood schools is critical to the health of communities,” said Wong, “I’m very happy to see that our proposals on how to proceed where picked up in the report.”

According to Trustee Al Blakey, the public understands the value of a strong public school in their community. “The consultation process resulted in a strong vote of confidence in the quality of our public education system,” said Blakey. “The vast majority of the public knows this Government is underfunding public education and they want it to stop.”

The current BC Liberal leadership contest will be a strong indication to the public about where their party is headed on public education said Trustee Bouey. “My question to each of the current and potential leadership candidates is where do you stand on this report? The public needs to know.”

COPE Trustees will be bringing forward amendments to the staff report at the Board meeting on Tuesday, December 14th

COPE School Board Trustees welcome moratorium on school closures, demand answers from BC Liberals