Re: "District weighs sell-off options," Friday, Sept. 28.
School lands in Coquitlam are under threat of sell off.
In 2002 the BC Liberal government cut capital funding for K-12 from $450 million per year to $225 million, and it has been dropping ever since.
Now this government insists that school districts "bring money to the table" in order to qualify for capital funding.
The only way they can do that is to sell their assets.
This government created the myth of declining enrolment, even as the echo boomers began turning 30 and starting their families. The temporary dip in enrolment is over.
Coquitlam is a fast-growing community and will need every inch of school lands available to it.
As founder of LANDS! (Let's Agree Not to Dispose of Schools!), I urge school trustees, parents and community to unite and send a message to this government that liquidating assets to create the illusion of adequate funding is not sustainable. Our kids deserve better.
I urge Coquitlam council to do its part by refusing to rezone these lands. They are a legacy for future generations of children and they are not ours to sell.
Best of luck for the long-term future of your fine community.
Jessica Van der Veen Founder, LANDS Victoria ...