NPA Schools Plan calls for renewed focus on educational excellence

NPA Schools Plan calls for renewed focus on educational excellence, increased revenue generation, expediting seismic upgrades, and greater inclusion and supports

VANCOUVER – NPA Mayoral Candidate Ken Sim and the NPA team of School Board candidates have released Improving Student Outcomes and Supports for Families and Teachers, a plan to empower students, teachers, support workers, families, and community partners to reach their full potential, together.

The NPA Plan calls for a renewed focus on educational excellence, as well as strategies to improve neighbourhood schools, increase supports for special needs and other vulnerable students, and seek out new opportunities for students with enriched community partnerships and increased revenue generation. The plan also reaffirms the NPA commitment to SOGI and establishing and maintaining a safe, inclusive, equitable, and welcoming learning and working environment for all members of the school community.

Incumbent NPA School Trustee, Fraser Ballantyne – a 40-year veteran in education and former VSB Chair who is now seeking his fourth term on the board – spoke on behalf of the other NPA School Board candidates, Carmen Cho, Oliver Hanson, Chris Qiu, and Christopher Richardson, who were all present for the announcement.

“An important part of our plan for schools is to establish a district-wide, school-based revenue generation strategy to encourage local individuals and philanthropic organizations to support educational opportunities such as bursaries, food and emergency intervention programs, as well as music, art, and dance programs,” said Ballantyne. “We also believe that a renewed focus on good governance policies and practices, and on transparency and accountability in School Board decision-making, is crucial to ensuring that the Board functions properly and in the best interests of students and our school communities.”

Other highlights of the NPA Schools Plan include:

  • Expediting capital construction and seismic upgrades to neighbourhood schools
  • Enhanced supports for students dealing with mental health or substance abuse challenges
  • Upgrades to playground equipment and classroom technology
  • Ensuring that siblings stay together in the event of a school boundary change
  • Re-establishing the Vancouver School Foundation, and making it easier for philanthropic organizations & individuals to contribute

Full bios of the NPA School Board team are available at https://npavancouver.ca/candidates.

The full Schools plan, entitled Improving Student Outcomes and Support for Families and Teachers, is available at https://npavancouver.ca/schools-plan