School board supports C.E. Barry

Trustees vote in favour of applying funding to have seismic upgrade work completed

  • Nov. 21, 2013 8:00 a.m.

Jessica Peters

Black Press

Staff at C.E. Barry was happy to learn the board has given unanimous approval to seismic upgrades at their school.

The school board voted Tuesday in support of keeping C.E. Barry intermediate school open, and applying for funding to have seismic upgrade work completed. The school is on a high priority list for seismic upgrades. However, low enrolment in the district meant there is an option to close the school and move the students to different locations. Trustee Pat Furness brought the issue to the board, following a special meeting held last week to discuss the school’s future.

“Emotions were evident,” she said, from both parents and school staff, adding that it was a very collaborative meeting involving many different groups. Furness said she came away with the feeling of overwhelming support of C.E. Barry.

“We should keep that school,” she said. “Hope likes the concept of a middle school.”

The school, which currently has 156 students in Grades 5-7, is also used by various community groups, including the Hope BC Team Fit, which uses the school for training sessions for the Vancouver Sun Run. The school is also used two nights a week for community badminton, and starting next year, pickle ball. A consultant brought in to study the issue suggested students be shuffled to Coquihalla elementary.

There is money available to the Fraser Cascade school district for the needed seismic upgrades, said treasurer Natalie Lowe-Zucchet.

“If there were a seismic event,” she said, “the school wouldn’t handle it.”

She said the support of the board is important in presenting their plan for the school to the province.

Trustee Tom Hendrickson said the support for C.E. Barry is enough to keep it open, and that Hope is a growing community.

“I see Hope growing in the next 25 years and we have to think years ahead,” he said.

Principal Karl Koslowsky attended the meeting and thanked the board for their support.

At school the next day, he was able to share the good news.

“The mood was wonderful, excited,” he said. “They were very pleased to hear that it was a unanimous vote, and felt supported in the motion for CE Barry School to remain as an educational partner in the Hope community.”

Trustee Linda McMullen was absent.

Just Posted

Two week lock down lifted for Kent Institution

A search at the prison found nearly 26 grams of hashish and a cellphone

Missing woman last seen downtown Chilliwack in late April

Family concerned for Rebecca Lynne Sackley’s well-being

Chilliwack prolific offender arrested after four months on the lam

B.C.-wide warrant issued for David Allen Geoghegan in January

Harrison Hot Springs to partner with Sts’ailes for reconciliation event

The event will be funded by a grant meant to build dialogue between cities and local First Nations

Chilliwack vintage shop swings open doors at new location

Marion’s Dressing Room the newest place to shop on Mill Street

VIDEO: Quadriplegic man takes flight over Harrison Mills

Jim Ryan hasn’t moved his arms or legs for three years, but that didn’t stop him from paragliding

RCMP target speeders between Abbotsford and Surrey in month-long blitz

Officers throughout the province launch Swoop campaign

RCMP probe if teen was intentionally hit with ski pole by mystery skier on B.C. mountain

The incident happened on March 20 on Grouse Mountain. Police are urging witnesses to come forward

Support growing for orphaned Okanagan child after father dies in highway crash

Family thanks emergency crews for assistance in traumatic incident

Baby boom seniors putting pressure on B.C. long-term care: report

B.C. leads Canada in growth of dementia, dependence on care

Pipeline protester chimes in on Justin Trudeau’s B.C. fundraising speech

The government purchased the Trans Mountain pipeline and expansion project for $4.5 billion

UPDATED: B.C. man says he’ll take People’s Party lawsuit as far as he can

Federal judge shut down Satinder Dhillon’s ‘nonsensical’ motion to bar use of PPC name in byelection

Coquitlam RCMP release video in search for witness to crash that killed girl, 13

Witness is described as a slim Asian man with short, black hair, no facial hair and wearing glasses

Most Read