Vancouver Courier

Seismic upgrade of Lord Strathcona elementary a Canadian first

“Keane Joya is pretty stoked on Ireland.

The plucky Grade 7 Lord Strathcona elementary student told the Courier as much while he and his classmates showed off research projects delving into different countries and cultures.

“My uncle is from Ireland and he always tells me cool stories and legends and facts from Ireland and he’s been there many times,” Joya said. “It’s cool to learn about facts and the things that happen in different countries.”

Long before discussing the Emerald Isle, Joya led Vancouver School District staff, trustees, planners and architects on a tour of his revamped digs on East Pender Street.”

2017 saw much instability and a few bright spots for Vancouver school district

“2017 wasn’t a great year for the Vancouver School Boardgiven the instability among senior leaders, the inability of the district to hire enough teachers to fulfil the reinstated contract and the inanity of the reports finding bullying by trustees of board staff.

But there were bright spots — the election of an NDP government brought with it promises of more funding, the byelection restored democratic accountability and the money provided by the teachers’ contract eliminated an expected $12-million shortfall.”

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