Thanks to Killarney students Maggie Yip and Audrey Chow for telling us about the TEDxYouth@KSS they organized. The theme of “Making Waves” tied in with Killarney’s goal of resiliency and the youth speakers inspired a ripple effect through their innovative ideas and energy.
The Long Range Facilities Plan (LRFP) final report came to the board for approval from Committee II – Planning and Facilities with three committee recommended changes:
- To insert the Board approved motion (February 29, 2016) regarding working toward the 95% capacity utilization target.
- To include the motions regarding MacDonald Elementary School (October 26, 2015) in relation to closure moratorium and seismic funding priority.
- To adjust Level Two factors for consideration of possible schools for closure to include a factor addressing needs of vulnerable students, families and communities.
A fourth amendment was proposed by Trustee Bacchus to be added to the Level Two factors for consideration of possible schools for closure: Education and social impacts of school closure on students and families, particularly in communities with high concentrations of vulnerable students and families. This amendment was passed 8-0 with one abstention.
There was unanimous approval of the LRFP with the three changes and one amendment.
I am very pleased that we now have a framework that covers all aspects of our school buildings and lands to help in our decision making in getting all our students into seismically safe schools and managing our many facilities. I very much appreciate that so many people took part in our consultation, including more than 1600 completed surveys, as we were able to capture the many views about our complex district. I also thank our staff team whose commitment and thorough work produced this well thought out, well researched, data rich plan.
The Chair gave this statement about the Gordon Elementary Outbuilding (Little Yellow Schoolhouse):
- On March 7, 2016, the Vancouver Board of Education directed staff to issue an Expression of Interest for proponents to submit proposals by April 20, 2016 to retain and restore the General Gordon Elementary Outbuilding, better known as the Little Yellow Schoolhouse, as long as it did not delay new school construction and entry of students and staff to the school this fall.
- Following the closure of proposals, VSB created an evaluation committee to score the proposals received.
- Tonight, the Board of Education has directed staff to negotiate with proponents who responded to the Expression of Interest in the order they are ranked by the VSB Evaluation committee.
- We will report back once we have more information from staff on whether negotiations with a proponent are successful.
I am pleased that we continue to work towards a solution that will retain the Schoolhouse without jeopardizing the return of students to General Gordon this September or the operation of this new school.
New business included requests that:
- Water testing for lead be reported on at Committee II – Planning and Facilities.
- Guidelines on our district’s procedures during election campaigns be reviewed.
- Adult education graduation numbers, including graduates from the youth program, be provided to trustees.
- The number of in and out of catchment students enrolled at each school site be provided to trustees.
Notice of Motion was given by Trustee Robertson:
- The City of Vancouver (CoV) and the Vancouver School Board (VSB) entered into a joint venture In 1975 to construct buildings adjacent to Britannia Secondary School to provide community services and programs;
- The Britannia Centre site includes an elementary and a secondary school, a library, an ice rink and pool, a community office and several other smaller facilities;
- The 17.04 acre Britannia Centre is managed by the Britannia Community Services Society (BCSS), which is governed by a board of management made up of representatives from the Vancouver Park Board, CoV, VSB and the community;
- All grounds and facilities at the Britannia Centre are maintained by the VSB;
- Building operations and maintenance costs at Britannia Centre are allocated based on an agreement between the COV and the VSB, whereby a percentage calculation based on building square footage is followed to allocate the total shared costs to individual buildings for cost sharing purposes;
- In 2011, VSB staff undertook a review of the cost sharing arrangement at Britannia Centre, including staffing, utilities, and maintenance costs, to determine if the arrangements are fair and equitable, and identified the following issues:
The cost sharing formula does not recognize the different complexities for each facility (for example, it costs far more by area to operate a pool or ice rink than it does a classroom).
The cost sharing formula is based on available hours to each of the parties to the agreement and does not consider the actual hours of operation used by the VSB.
The existing budgets/funding do not address the major facilities component replacements or major new capital facilities.
The Britannia Community Services Society receives all revenue from the rental of grounds and facilities, including VSB facilities.
VSB expenditures for Britannia far exceed the expenditures for a similar secondary/elementary school (up to $850,000 more than the expenditures for similar district facilities).
- At the February 21, 2011, meeting of the Vancouver Board of Education, the Board directed VSB staff to meet with staff at the Britannia Community Services Society and the City of Vancouver to review the cost sharing arrangement at Britannia Centre to ensure that it is equitable to all parties;
- A cost sharing arrangement at Britannia Centre that is equitable to all parties has not yet been achieved;
- The VSB is facing unprecedented budget cuts this year and a significant budget deficit for the 2017/2018 budget year. The budget cuts for the coming year include cuts to literacy teachers, resource teachers, multicultural support workers and other cuts that have a direct impact on student learning. In these difficult budgetary times the VSB can no longer subsidize the operating costs of the Britannia Community Centre facilities which are properly the budgetary responsibility of the City of Vancouver;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT if Vancouver Board of Education (VSB) staff are not able to achieve a cost sharing arrangement with the City of Vancouver that is fair and equitable to all parties by June 30, 2016, the Board authorizes and directs VSB staff to give Notice of Termination of the Agreement to all parties as per the terms and conditions of the Britannia Centre agreement.
For full agenda and minutes (when posted) see: http://www.vsb.bc.ca/board-committees