Following the Community Meeting of December 4, 2012, the proponents for the redevelopment and/or re-use of the Plymouth School facility and site were evaluated. The input received at the Community Meeting and submitted in writing was one of the important criteria considered in the evaluation process.
The Board of Education was pleased to receive four quality proponents for the future use of the Plymouth School facility and site. Upon the application of the evaluation criteria and careful review and consideration, the North Vancouver Board of Education has determined that it will now proceed with discussions with the Tsleil-Waututh Nation to achieve a final agreement.
The proposal for the Tsleil-Waututh Nation Skills Centre provided the Board with a comprehensive overview of how Plymouth School can be repurposed, under a lease agreement, to support aboriginal and non-aboriginal education and skills development. By providing essential skills support and apprenticeship training programs, the Tsleil-Waututh proposal complements the School District’s commitment to improving learning outcomes for students of Aboriginal ancestry. The opportunities for partnerships with Capilano University, Seaspan, Industry Training Authority, and the British Columbia Institute of Technology are additional components of the TWN proposal that support the School District’s goal to strengthen and expand reciprocal community relations.
While the Plymouth building will retain its neighborhood school status, potential renovations, upgrades, and site improvements, at TWN expense, will serve to enhance the building and ensure its continued operation as a community asset, while still being retained for the future needs of the School District.
The Board of Education expresses its sincere appreciation for the interest of Darwin Properties, Lions Gate Christian Academy, and Polygon Pacific Homes in the Plymouth School facility and site. Each of these proponents provided interesting proposals for the potential redevelopment and re-use of the Plymouth School facility and site.
As the proposal of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation involves the re-use of the current facility, the Board will work in close cooperation with the proponents, the community, and the District of North Vancouver to keep residents and community members informed as we proceed with this exciting opportunity.