“The current approach to school reorganization in the UBC- Dunbar area by Vancouver NPA School Board Trustees  is right off the wall," said COPE Trustee Al Blakey, responding to the proposed closure and sale of  west side Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Annex,  and the transfer of its129 students among several schools.
 
Based on a yet-to-be-negotiated agreement between the Vancouver School Board and UBC for lease of a vacant National Research Council building to accommodate overcrowded University Hill Secondary School students, the Board’s reorganization plans for west side schools is causing concern as parents become aware of the full implications of the plan.
 
“This is a troubling and precedent-setting change for the funding of  new schools by the provincial government,” said COPE Trustee Allan Wong. “Previously, Victoria fully funded  new schools, as in the recent construction of Elsie Roy and Collingwood Neighbourhood schools in Vancouver. Now Victoria is abdicating its responsibility with an all too willing NPA School Board that is complicit in the closure and sale of a valuable public asset  at Queen Elizabeth Annex."
 
COPE Trustee Sharon Gregson is "appalled at the break-neck speed of the 19-day VSB consultation schedule.  Queen Elizabeth Annex is strongly supported and valued by parents and its closure will be an enormous and unwarranted loss to this community.”
 
“The UBC- Dunbar plan has so many drawbacks, based as it is on an absurd 95 per cent school occupancy requirement from the province.  The plan is a fragmented and skewed approach that has caused so much community grief that the entire plan should be dumped," said Gregson. "One has to ask when and where the next For Sale sign is going to appear on another  Vancouver school.
 
“The UBC/Dunbar plan should be redrawn with meaningful and extended input from the community."
 
The School Board will be holding a public meeting on the closure of Queen Elizabeth School Annex   at 7 pm, on Tues, Jan 29, 2008 at Queen Elizabeth School at 4275 Crown Street, Vancouver.

COPE School Trustees oppose sale of Queen Elizabeth school annex.

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