VANCOUVER —ONECITY PLEDGES TO DEFEND PUBLIC SCHOOL LAND FROM LUXURY DEVELOPERS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | 29 September 2017
We need to act now to ensure that School Board property is never sold to luxury condo developers.
Because public education funding has been under attack for so long, there is extra pressure on the School Board to make up their budget shortfalls by selling off public lands.
Neighbourhood schools are vital community resources, and just because enrolment temporarily goes down, doesn’t mean they should be sold.
OneCity School Board Trustee candidates, Erica Jaaf and Carrie Bercic, have pledged to continue to defend our public school lands for generations to come. All Vancouver School Board Trustees need to stand up and oppose the sale of School Board land to private developers.
Vision Vancouver and NPA City Councillors have a cozy relationship with their developer donors. These same developer donors would love to see School Board land like Kingsgate Mall sold off for short-term profit.
Instead of selling lands we hold in trust of our children, the Vancouver School Board should seek resources from the City to support re-purposing unused school property or classrooms as community spaces during times of lower enrollment. In a city experiencing a housing crisis, every new school and every school undergoing seismic upgrading should be considered as a possible site for community amenities such as affordable housing, child care centres, community centres, or seniors’ housing. The VSB should work with the City on innovative, architecturally exciting developments that could improve the use of our public school lands, while ensuring the lands remain public.