Comment from Voices: Interesting letter to the Vancouver Sun April 18th from a North Van Board of Education Trustee quoting in part “A new school is now needed near the site of Ridgeway Annex after the land has already been sold for probably half of it’s current value”:
School boards protest lack of funds
Re: Vision chose to ignore realities of declining enrolment, Letters, April 13
The North Vancouver Board of Education made the “tough decisions” referred to in Vancouver Trustee Stacy Robertson’s letter. It closed Fromme Elementary in 2010 and Ridgeway Annex in 2011. Now, just a few years later, the schools to which those students were sent are over their capacity and have portables (with more coming). A new school is now needed near the site of Ridgeway Annex after the land has already been sold for probably half of its current value.
The “savings” from the closed schools are not nearly enough to properly support our students. For the current school year our funding is $18 million less than the minimum needed. Our teachers, non-teaching staff, principals and vice-principals, parents, district administration, and trustees all agree that North Vancouver School District is underfunded to this degree (a joint letter to this effect was sent to Minister Peter Fassbender on June 5, 2015). Whatever the Vancouver Board decides to do, it will not be an example of “leadership and courage.” School boards are choosing from a list of very bad options. The problem is at the provincial level.
Trustee, North Vancouver Board of Education