||Volume 20, Number 2, October 2007
Nanaimo Board of Education trustees under fire
The Nanaimo Daily News reported that the Nanaimo Board of education was faced with dozens of protesters on the evening of September 26. The board was planning their next steps in the closing of up to six district schools with the goal of closing 1,700 empty spaces. Two of the schools are secondary schools, the others primary. The school district’s staff recommended that a new secondary school be built on one of the sites of the targeted schools to accommodate 1,100 students.
According to board Chairperson Jamie Brennan, the district would have seismically upgraded schools, improved programs, and energy-efficient buildings if the staff’s recommendations are approved. But parents and teachers from several of the schools disagreed. The board plans to have consultations, but protesters point out that the plan has already been forwarded to the ministry for approval. Consultations in this case amount to little more than informing those who are affected by what the board will do.
– Murray Dobbin