A Silver Valley resident questioned the board of education’s rationale for giving up a school site.
Maple Ridge council is considering an amendment to the Official Community Plan to remove the school site designation at 23103 136th Ave. after the board of education said it didn’t need all four sites in the Silver Valley area.
Nicole Read asked the board of education to consider keeping the site for a school, saying it is in walking distance to the surrounding area, in order to keep the neighbourhood safe for kids going to school.
Read said when the board has cited a lack of funding from the Ministry of Education as the reason for not buying the site, it is a “boring and tired position.”
Not enough analysis has been done of the number of children that will need a school in the area, she said.
“School district 42 has made a decision that is inconsistent with the Official Community Plan and they have done so without public consultation and with limited consultation of District planning staff,” Read said in her presentation to the board.