At the Vancouver School Board meeting last night, all the trustees voted to remove Britannia Secondary from the list of potential school closures. This will cheer a whole community when they find out about it this morning, I am sure!
Here is what the Vancouver Sun had to say about the meeting:
After a four-hour meeting spent discussing all 12 schools on the possible closure list in detail, a majority of trustees said they wanted to remove Britannia — an east side school that is surrounded by a community centre — from consideration.
Several trustees said they were surprised to see the school on the list, given the number of vulnerable students and aboriginal students that attend the school. The indication was a recommendation by the majority of trustees, but the full board will still need to vote on the list on Sept. 26. However, since all trustees were present, the committee recommendation will likely stick.
Most of Britannia is not at high risk in an earthquake, however one section of the school is at high risk.
The Vancouver School Board is considering closing up to 12 schools, but the list won’t be official until approved by the board on Sept. 26. Final decision will be made in December.
What a wonderfully pleasant surprise with which to start the day!