On a holiday Monday, kids and parents gathered outside Vancouver’s Edith Cavell Elementary School as they prepare to challenge plans for a seismic upgrade.
Instead, they’re calling for a new school.
Located along the busy Cambie Street corridor, the 98-year-old school is at 120 per cent capacity. Four classes are now in portables.
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A seismic upgrade will cost more than $15 million. A new school would cost about $21 million.
When asked if a new school could be considered, Education Minister Rob Fleming told Global News in a statement that “trustees and VSB administrators are meeting with Cavell Elementary School parents to consider the best options. I look forward to hearing the outcome.”
Harris notes “while it costs more upfront, in the long run it would be much cheaper to have a new building.”
Kids and parents are planning a rally Tuesday and will be at the school board meeting Wednesday to lobby for a new school.