Georgia Straight op-ed: Our schools are more than just buildings

By Melanie Mark

This September, my daughters returned to school. One of them had a relatively easy transition reuniting with her peers, while my oldest faced a more challenging transition navigating high school for the first time.

For students, parents, families, and teachers, September is always exciting, stressful, and chaotic, but my constituents are faced with even more stress this year while they wait to find out if their child’s school is going to close.

In June 2016, the Vancouver school board announced that in the midst of a $25-million deficit in funding from the provincial government, 12 schools (11 in East Vancouver) may be forced to close their doors.

Tonight (September 26), school trustees will be forced to decide which schools from this list will be considered for closure, with a final decision scheduled for December.

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