Portable classrooms are an unfit learning environment

School Boards in numerous school districts in BC are striving to get rid of portable classrooms.

Editor:

School Boards in numerous school districts in BC are striving to get rid of portable classrooms and get students into real classrooms in school buildings.

At the meeting of the School District 27 trustees on Tuesday, Jan. 15 the Board heard a presentation about the closure of fringe schools (Kwaleen elementary, Glendale elementary and Wildwood elementary) from the secretary treasurer.

She said “We can put two portables at Nesika (elementary), drop two into Chilcotin Road (elementary).

“And we can put two at Cataline (elementary) if we can find the space on the school grounds.

“Space for students will be tight at Chilcotin Road but I think we can do it.”

In other words, six new portables.

The trustees stared into their laptop sceens or nodded their heads.

Portable classrooms are not a good learning environment.

They are also expensive to heat and expensive to maintain.

If the School Board goes ahead with the school closures, parents need to be concerned about their children winding up in portables.

They need to protest in the strongest possible terms that this is an unacceptable solution to the Board’s financial problem.

It must not be solved at the expense of a reasonable learning environment for some children.

This is an adult problem.

Don’t make children pay the price.

John Dressler

Williams Lake