Springwood Decision ‘Sprung on Parents?’
Prince George, B.C.- The president of the Prince George District Parent Advisory Council says the Prince George School Board hasn’t done a very good job consulting with parents regarding their decision to reopen Springwood Elementary School.
“This has really been sprung on parents and they have not been involved in the process,” said Gillian Burnett. “This should have been a good news story but to be honest it followed our anticipated, predicted and feared path.”
Burnett said for five years parents have kept “a vigilant watch on enrolment projections and capacities” and said they weren’t consulted.
“The capacity issues in the Hart have been evident for quite some time. What makes them critical of course, is the court case with the BCTF and subsequent implementation of the win.”
As a result of her concerns, she brought forth a recommendation at last night’s public school board meeting asking that a standing committee meet annually to review the District’s enrolment capacities and projections “And that partner groups be engaged in providing input.”
Tim Bennett, Board chair, called Burnett’s concerns “very valid” but noted the Memorandum of Agreement between the BCTF and the Province related to the union’s court victory last November was only signed a couple of weeks ago.
“So, I believe the District is responding as quickly as we can to that MOA,” he said. “In terms of the committee consultation this is very unprecedented times for us. We need to respond and ensure that class sizes meet our contractual language in September in order to get the school up and ready.”
The Board didn’t indicate whether they would follow through on Burnett’s s recommendation.