Preliminary List Of Schools That Might Be Considered For Closure

On June 20 2016, VSB released a preliminary list of schools to be considered for potential closure as part of implementing the Long Range Facilities Plan (LFRP). The LRFP provides a roadmap for managing VSB facilities over the next 14 years while seismic upgrading is completed. This plan was approved on May 24, 2016.

Please note: at this point no decisions regarding school closures have been made.

VSB recognizes that the prospect of school closures will create anxiety and uncertainty within school communities. As the process evolves, VSB will provide as much information as possible.

Information about the school closure process, including the preliminary list of schools that might be considered for closure, is available in the following documents and below:

Consultation Timeline

At this point no decisions regarding school closures have been made.  timeline

Trustees will review a detailed report on each school listed for potential closure consideration in September. At that time, trustees will decide whether schools on the list should be considered for closure.

Schools communities that are approved for consideration of closure will have significant consultations in October and November. If you would like to be involved in this consultation, or to provide feedback at this point, please provide your information here.  

A decision regarding closures will not be made until December 2016. No decision will be made until community consultation with affected school communities has taken place. The earliest any school closure would take effect is June 30, 2017 (for the start of the 2017-18 school year).  

The process of deciding school closures is governed by VSB policy and the School Act. (“Potential Consideration for Closure”: http://www.vsb.bc.ca/district-policy/fl-r-school-closures-formerly-retirement-facilities).

Preliminary list of schools that might be considered for closure

Queen Elizabeth Annex (K – 3)

If approved for closure, the primary French Immersion program offered at Queen Elizabeth Annex would be accommodated at Queen Elizabeth Elementary. Locating the French Immersion program at Queen Elizabeth Elementary could support closer connections and collaboration between staff and students in this primary program and the main school program at École Jules Quesnel, where students already go for grade four.

Champlain Heights Annex (K – 3)

If approved for closure, students at Champlain Heights Annex would be accommodated at Champlain Heights Elementary. The annex shares a catchment with the main school. Students enrolled at Champlain Heights Annex already move to the main school for grade four.  

Tecumseh Annex (K – 3)

If approved for closure, students at Tecumseh Annex would be accommodated at Tecumseh Elementary. The annex shares a catchment with Tecumseh Elementary, where students already go for grade four. Tecumseh Elementary has been seismically upgraded, placing students in a seismically safe school.

McBride Annex (K – 3)

If approved for closure, students at McBride Annex would be accommodated at McBride Elementary.  The annex shares a catchment with the main school. Students enrolled at McBride Annex already move to the main school for grade four. McBride Elementary has been seismically upgraded.

Dr. A.R. Lord Elementary

If approved for closure students at Lord Elementary would be accommodated at Begbie Elementary. Begbie is on the priority list for seismic upgrading.

Admiral Seymour Elementary

If approved for closure, students at Seymour Elementary would be accommodated at Strathcona Elementary. This would not occur until 2018/19 after seismic upgrading of Strathcona is complete and once the new school at International Village is open.

Graham D. Bruce Elementary

If approved for closure, students at Bruce Elementary would be accommodated at Grenfell and Collingwood Annex. Collingwood would become the annex of Grenfell Elementary. Both Bruce and Grenfell are in need of seismic upgrading. By combining the school communities, VSB can make a stronger case for potentially building a replacement school for this community.

Sir Guy Carleton Elementary

If approved for closure, students at Carleton Elementary would be accommodated at Cunningham Elementary and MacCorkindale Elementary. By combining these three school communities into two sites at MacCorkindale and Cunningham, VSB can make a stronger case for funding to complete the seismic upgrading of these two schools.

Queen Alexandra Elementary

If approved for closure, students at Queen Alexandra Elementary would be accommodated at Grandview Elementary and Florence Nightingale Elementary.  By combining these three school communities into two sites at Grandview and Nightingale, VSB can make a stronger case for funding to complete the seismic upgrading of these two schools.

Pierre Elliott Trudeau Elementary

If approved for closure, students at Trudeau Elementary would be accommodated at Walter Moberly Elementary. Moberly Elementary has been seismically upgraded, placing students in a seismically safe school.

Britannia Secondary

If approved for closure, students at Britannia would be accommodated at Templeton Secondary. The combined school community would not fit into Britannia’s building. But by combining the communities in Templeton, VSB can make a stronger case for potentially building a replacement school for the combined communities.  

Gladstone Secondary

If approved for closure, students at Gladstone would be accommodated at Windermere Secondary, Vancouver Technical Secondary, John Oliver Secondary and Tupper Secondary.  The buildings at Tupper and Van Tech have been seismically upgraded, so students would get a safer school. With the incoming students, John Oliver and Windermere’s new enrolment makes those sites better candidates for seismic upgrades or new school buildings in the coming years.

Rationale for considering school closure

  • Reducing the number of school facilities will reduce operating costs and allow funds to be redirected to educational programing
  • Supporting VSB requests for Ministry of Education funding to complete the seismic mitigation program as quickly as possible
  • Providing sites for temporary accommodation of school communities undergoing seismic construction, enabling the timely completion of seismic upgrading
  • Supporting district funding requests for the construction of new schools in areas experiencing significant population growth
  • Reducing the overall cost of facility maintenance including significant deferred maintenance requirements across VSB schools

Please note, this is not the comprehensive list of rationales.  For more information about the process, please review the Long Range Facilities Plan here.

How schools were identified for potential closurerationale

In compiling the preliminary list of schools all 110 VSB schools were reviewed based on the factors for closure outlined in the Long Range Facilities Plan (LRFP).

These factors included careful consideration of the impact of potential closures on the delivery of educational programming. Where possible, attempts were made to identify potential closures which keep communities together and minimize negative impacts to school and vulnerable communities.

More information

More information regarding the possible school closures and the broader Long Range Facilities Plan can be found in the FAQ section here.