Grimston Park will be protected space, and will not be considered as a future school site according to last night’s school board vote. This is great for the West End, who would have lost its only large park, but leaves New West in a bit of a pickle. New schools must be built, but where? To further complicate matters, our school district is facing a $2 million budget shortfall. We have neither time, nor money, nor resources. So what to do?
Some creative thinking is called for! Some of the ideas I’ve heard kicked around include:
- Sending some New West kids to Burnaby schools (working with that city’s school authorities, of course … though attending by stealth would be funnier … I’m picturing balaclava-clad kids scurrying across Tenth every morning, hiding behind bushes and trees like you’d see in some Merrie Melodies cartoon … maybe that’s just funny to me)
- Building a new high school in Queensborough, where there’s a little more room to breathe
- Building multi-storey elementary schools instead of single-storey
- Building parking lots underground in order to build on smaller lots (not currently funded by the province, but that should change IMHO)
Any other ideas? At this point I’m wondering if I should be planning to homeschool!