Discussion about possible LSS closure removed from school board agenda

Policy governing school closures requires 60-day consultation period

Langley board of education chairman Rob McFarlane

Langley board of education chairman Rob McFarlane

The potential closure of Langley Secondary School and decisions around the future of Langley’s schools has been taken off Tuesday’s board of education agenda.

Originally, it was expected that the board was going to vote on a direction for its long-term facilities plan, but that would violate the policy procedures when considering closing a school.

Trustees gave notice of the possible closure of LSS at their Dec. 16 meeting, and the policy requires the board hold a 60-day consultation  period.

The 60 days will be up on Feb. 14.

In the meantime, a public  meeting is being held at LSS on Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m. to gather information from the  community  about the impact of the potential closure. Members of the community are encouraged to speak at this meeting.

The board is then planning on holding a public special meeting on Feb. 17, at 7 p.m. at  the  School  Board  Office to  address the possible closure of LSS  in accordance with Policy No. 5029.

A decision on a long-term facilities plan business case will be made only after the LSS closure is considered, said board chair Rob McFarlane.

“We are looking forward to hearing more from the LSS school community as we face this decision,” said McFarlane.

“As a board, we understand the emotional attachments students, past and present, have with Langley Secondary and we  plan to honour those connections, whichever direction we follow.”

The public can make presentations, either written or oral, at the LSS Feb. 10 meeting.

They are asked to email their requests to speak or submit written presentations after Feb. 2 to dgreen@sd35.bc.ca.