Closing 3 schools in one neighbourhood can’t be a good thing

March and rally to start at corner of Joyce and Kingsway, under the Collingwood clock in front of Carleton school VANCOUVER: SEPTEMBER 6, 2010 --At least one hundred people showed up on the corner of Kingsway and Joyce St. in Vancouver Monday morning, September, 6, 2010 to protest the potential closure of 3 nearby schools; Graham Bruce Elementary, Sir Guy Carleton Elementary, and Collingwood Neighbourhood School.

Parents, teachers mobilize to protest against possible school closures — Vancouver Sun.

How on earth did three schools all within a few blocks of each other land on the same chopping block?  Sir Guy Carleton Elementary, Collingwood Neighbourhood School, and Graham Bruce Elementary are all in the Collingwood neighbourhood in East Vancouver.  Carleton is home to one of the oldest surviving schoolhouses in the city.  Collingwood is on the other end of the spectrum as being one the newest schools in the system.  I’m not sure what’s going on there and how they came to this decision, but take a look how close these schools are on this map.

These schools are literally 1.5 kilometres apart.  With up to 375 students per school, there are potentially up to 1,000 students (I think that’s a worst case scenario assuming all three schools have equal enrolment) that will have to spill over into other schools in the neighbourhood.  There’s Grenfelt on Rupert and Wellington and Maccorkindale on Battison south of East 45th being the closest elementary schools that will have to take in the overflow.

It’ll be interesting to see how this all pans out.  I’m not sure what the end result will be for Collingwood, but will this predominantly immigrant neighbourhood suffer from fewer schools.  It couldn’t possibly be a good thing in the long run.

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