1. Procedures related to the April 13, 2021, notice of motion to close New Brigden School
Moved by L. Bedwell to delay the New Bridgen School procedure until the 2021-2022 school year.
Board members speaking in favour of the motion included L. Bedwell, L. Hertz, and S. Hammel. Reasons for delaying the motion included the timeframe for potential closure, ability to provide appropriate online community consultation in a remote rural area where internet connectivity is limited, added workload on administrative and school staff who are managing through a pandemic, and stress on the families and students who were completely unaware a notice of motion for closure was coming.
Board members who spoke against the motion included G. Dennis, P. Cursons, S. Angle and C. Hogg. Reasons for continuing forward with the current timeline of June 2021 were related to facility and maintenance costs, a timeline for consultation and decision-making that meets Education Act guidelines, and the challenges of putting a possible school closure on a newly elected board of trustees following the October election. It was noted that a Special Meeting could be held later in June to extend the timeline for consultation.
The motion was defeated by a vote of 3-4. A recorded vote was asked for by L. Hertz.
Moved by C. Hogg that a public board meeting be scheduled for June 29, 2021, to discuss the motion for closure of New Brigden School. CARRIED.