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Vancouver Board of Education
School District No. 39 (Vancouver)
1580 West Broadway
Vancouver BC V6J 5K8
 
Dear parents, guardians and staff:
 
The summer break has arrived and with it a chance to look back on the school year. We want
to share with you a few details of the work that has been happening at the district level to
maintain high quality education for your children and to enhance their learning environment.
 
We have completed the first year of our new five-year strategic plan that commits us to
inspiring student success by providing an innovative, caring and responsive learning
environment. Steps taken through the plan include a focus on instruction for the
implementation of the new curriculum and the communication of student learning, new
partnerships for youth training in trades, new growth opportunities to develop strong school
leaders, increased support for students experiencing mental health challenges, and further
success at reducing district energy consumption. The district has also developed a five-year
business plan to create a more stable and predictable financial environment in which to
support and deliver educational programs and improvements.
 
This year has seen significant funding announcements for seismic upgrades to Dr. Annie B.
Jamieson, Lord Tennyson and Maple Grove elementary schools, while ground was broken on
a replacement for Lord Nelson Elementary. We celebrated the opening of L’École Bilingue,
General Gordon and Queen Mary elementary schools after seismic upgrading, as well as a
new school, Crosstown Elementary, which welcomed students from the downtown Vancouver
area. There is much more work to do in the years to come and the board continues to advocate
for the funding necessary to rejuvenate our schools. At our final board meeting of the school
year, VSB adopted a comprehensive five-year capital plan for submission to the provincial
government with proposals to continue to achieve progress with our seismic mitigation plan to
make all schools safe.
 
In February, the provincial government announced it was providing B.C. school districts with
one-time funding for learning resources based on $50 per student to help cover some costs
incurred by parents. We will be finalizing the distribution of funds to schools for September and
look forward to discussions with PACs to put the school allocations to good use in addressing
our learning resource needs.
The Supreme Court of Canada decision and Memorandum of Agreement between the
provincial government and the BC Teachers’ Federation regarding class size and composition
is bringing more teachers into our schools and will result in reduced class sizes. The extra
teaching support is most welcome, but will present some challenges as we make adjustments
to accommodate more classes in our schools this September. We thank you for your
understanding while we work to implement the Memorandum of Agreement.
 
This has been a challenging year at the Vancouver School Board, but we have been
privileged and honoured to work alongside dedicated professionals, teachers, parents, staff
and community members who have not wavered from our collective responsibility and
commitment to deliver quality education to our students within a safe and caring working and
learning environment. Our staff have continued to provide innovative, caring and responsive
learning environments and we sincerely thank them for their dedicated work throughout this
school year.
 
We hope that everyone in our school community has a wonderful summer break. We look
forward to welcoming our students, parents, guardians and staff back in September, when we
will continue our mission to inspire student success.
 
Respectfully,
 
Dianne Turner, John Lewis,
Official Trustee Superintendent of Schools
 
 
www.vsb.bc.ca/2021
VSB’s vision is to inspire student success by providing innovative, caring and responsive learning
 

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