PG Parents Express Concern Over Facilities Report
Prince George, B.C. – Concerned parents attended tonight’s Prince George School Board Meeting to express their concerns over last month’s Cascades Facilities Management report.
The report detailed the deteriorating state of some district schools, decreasing enrolment, and some solutions, one of which was moving the secondary French Immersion and the secondary Francophone Education Authority from Duchess Park Secondary to PGSS.
“We understand these are just recommendations and we realize the board hasn’t set into motion any of these plans however we thought it would be best to present tonight for the board to take into consideration,” said Duchess Park PAC member Bonnie White. “We’d like our concerns expressed early before you decide on these recommendations.The uncertainty is creating stress for both parents and kids alike.”
Fellow PAC member Nadine Forseille added “we’re here to ask for some assurance to keep these programs.”
Prince George District Parent Advisory Council president Sarah Holland also spoke and asked the board to remember the report “does not address the buildings suitability for learning.”
She also asked that once the board considers the report this fall, to ask for ample stakeholder input and to keep in mind “the best possible outcomes for students.”
Responding to all concerns, School Board Chair Tony Cable noted “this plan is a discussion and no decisions have been made. There will be a lot of discussions to come.”