New VAST lease alters school closure options

A reduced lease rate for the VAST facility may change the dynamic of the school closure discussions in School District 70.

A reduced lease rate for VAST may change the dynamic of the school closure discussions in School District 70.

School district officials have re-negotiated the lease for the VAST building, board chair Larry Ransom told more than 100 parents at Gill Elementary School on Wednesday night.

VAST has been a piece in school closure discussions. Officials announced several meetings ago that the district wanted to incur savings by getting out of the facility’s $100,000 lease and move the program into Wood Elementary School. This issue was the lease and not the building or location.

The new lease would be under $100,000, secretary treasurer Lindsay Cheetham said after the meeting. The amount would also be a sliding scale depending on the length, which Cheetham said would range from one to five years.

The deal isn’t cemented, and trustees have until the end of the month to accept it or not, Cheetham said. Exact numbers won’t be revealed because it’s an offer, still in the air, and not official yet, he added.

Ransom wouldn’t discuss any details of the lease, saying he was abiding by a media blackout by trustees regarding the school closure. He therefore couldn’t answer any questions about how this impacts the closure scenario involving closing Wood.

Ransom also mentioned that Eighth Avenue Elementary School was on the closure list. “But we’ve eliminated that scenario,” he said. Ransom didn’t give any details about where students would go, or what was planned for the facility.

reporter@albernivalleynews.com

Twitter.com/AlberniNews

Just Posted

Heavy snowfall closes Mount Washington for the day

Road to ski resort deemed unsafe, “high avalanche danger”

Alberni Valley Community Foundation seeks grant recipients

The Alberni Valley Community Foundation is accepting applications for grants to be… Continue reading

BCHL: Bulldogs beat Cowichan in double OT

Teams are 1–1 in three-game home-and-home stand; play in Cowichan Jan. 20

Port Alberni city council to ‘stay on course’ for five-year budget plan

Next budget meeting is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 29 at 6 p.m

Alberni businesses nominated for Island excellence

Coulson Ice Blast, Port Posh Wash, the Blue Marlin Inn and Totem… Continue reading

Floods, power lines down on Bamfield Road

Power outage affecting more than 400 customers

UPDATE: Ferries sailing again after stormy weather caused cancellations

B.C. Ferries cancelled numerous sailings around Vancouver Island today, Jan. 21

Homes, roads flooded in Whiskey Creek following downpour

Crews aid flooded homeowners while roads near Hwy 4 closed Sunday morning

Vessel washed ashore in Campbell River during last night’s storm

A vessel appears to have gotten loose and washed to shore on… Continue reading

Liberals quietly tap experts to write new paternity leave rules

Ideas include creating an entirely new leave benefit similar to one that exists in Quebec

Insurers say Canadian weather getting hotter, wetter and weirder

Average number of days with heavy rain or snow across Canada has been outside norm since spring 2013

Final phase of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy trials to kick off in B.C.

Doctors hope to get psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy legalized in Canada and the U.S. by 2021

Wind warning back in effect around Vancouver Island

80 km/h winds expected Saturday, Jan. 20, on east coast of Island, 100 km/h on west coast

Man receives four-year sentence for stabbing Good Samaritan near Qualicum Beach

Jeffrey Brian MacDonald sentenced to additional 242 days in jail

Most Read