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Vancouver school board facing school closures again

Last Updated Apr 12, 2019 at 11:17 pm PDT

(Kenny Mason, NEWS 1130 staff photo)

Draft document says Vancouver district enrollment has declined by 4,700 students in over the last ten years

One elementary school in East Vancouver only has 18 per cent enrollment

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The possibility of school closures in the Vancouver school district is surfacing again.

The district has produced a draft document, analyzing enrollment in all of the roughly 100 elementary and secondary schools.

The report notes district enrollment has declined by 4,700 students in over the last ten years.

Registration is expected to drop by another 2,000 in the next ten years.

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The district identifies seven ‘study areas’ where schools are considered under-utilized. Here are the highlighted schools, by neighbourhood:

1. Point Grey: Bayview and Queen Mary elementary are both only at 77 per cent capacity while Queen Elizabeth elementary is expected to decline to 54 per cent capacity by 2027.

2. Britannia: Grandview elementary is at 66 per cent capacity, Queen Alexandra at 62 per cent and Seymour at 32 per cent. Over the next ten years, enrolment at those schools is expected to stay the same or increase.

3. Collingwood: Cunningham elementary is at 57 per cent capacity, Tecumseh is at 70 per cent. Overall enrolment in those schools will drop to 73 per cent capacity by 2027.

4. Kensington-Cedar Cottage/South Vancouver: Mackenzie and Moberly elementary schools are at 69 per cent, while Pierre Elliott Trudeau elementary is 64 per cent. Enrolment at Trudeau is expected to dip down to 41 per cent capacity in ten years time.

5. Killarney: Sir Guy Carleton elementary is 18 per cent capacity, Champlain Heights is at 55 per cent, Cook is 72 per cent, and MacCorkindale is 55 per cent. The schools featured in this area are expected to be down to 56 per cent capacity in ten years.

6. Hastings Sunrise: John Franklin elementary is at 72 per cent, A R Lord is at 46 per cent, Tillicum Annex is at 67 per cent. Enrolment is expected to decline to 62 per cent overall capacity in a decade.

7. Renfrew: Collingwood Annex is at 67 per cent, Nootka is at 76 per cent, Renfrew is at 70 per cent and Thunderbird is at 64 per cent. Overall capacity is expected to go down to 69 per cent.

The report will be introduced to the board for discussion in April.

Back in 2016, several schools were on considered for closures, because of under-utilization, but in the end were saved.