Press Release: Keep Public Lands in Public Hands

MEDIA RELEASE:

VANCOUVER SCHOOL BOARD TRUSTEE CALLS FOR BAN ON SALE OF SCHOOL BOARD’S PUBLIC LAND


January 20th, 2021, Vancouver, BC – On Monday, January 25th, OneCity Vancouver School Board Trustee Jennifer Reddy will introduce a motion calling for a ban on the sale of land owned by the Vancouver School Board.

Reddy’s motion comes on the heels of the Long Range Facilities Plan that engaged over 4,000 members of the School District’s community. The vast majority of people involved in the Plan’s engagement did not support the sale of School Board lands, including lands not currently used for schools.

Jennifer Reddy strongly condemns any desire to allow the sale of School Board lands’ sale. “Our responsibility as School Trustees is to protect these lands. We must hold them in trust for all students - now and for generations to come. They should not be privatized,” the School Trustee said.

Reddy opposes the sale of School Board land to cover budget shortfalls or to raise cash for capital projects. “Publicly-owned lands need to remain public. We also need to think of the massive opportunity lost by selling them off. We should focus on how these lands can create long-term value for our school district, our students, and our educators,” said Reddy.

Jennifer is putting forward this motion to hold the Vancouver School Board accountable.

BACKGROUND:

Jennifer Reddy is a Vancouver School Board Trustee elected in 2018 with OneCity Vancouver. One City has consistently campaigned against the sale of public land.

Reddy’s motion would require a seconder and most of the School Board’s support. It is not yet known if any other Trustees will support her motion. However, she feels it is essential that the public know where other Trustees stand on the issue.

To arrange interviews with Trustee Reddy, contact Cara Ng, 604-307-3762, [email protected]

QUOTES:

“The VSB should not let the province off the hook for underfunding public education by selling VSB owned land. This land is held by the VSB in trust.”
- Krista Sigurdson, PAC Chair Strathcona Elementary

“I have always believed, and continue to believe, that the Vancouver School Board should never sell any piece of its land assets. There are other options.”
- Noel Herron, former VSB school Trustee, and former Vancouver Elementary School Principal


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