Elizabeth Buckley School will close its doors after 30 years
Elizabeth Buckley School succumbs to the teacher shortage in BC
After 30 years, Elizabeth Buckley School, an independent elementary school in Victoria, will close its doors at the end of this school year. The closure is a direct result of the teacher shortage in BC, which has left schools across the province scrambling to maintain adequate levels of qualified staffing in their classrooms. Facing a staff shortfall for 2018-19, the Board of Directors made the difficult decision to recommend closure of the school at the end of June. On Wednesday 11 April, members of the Hands On Summer Camp Society, which runs Elizabeth Buckley School, voted for the closure.
Until the end of June, things will be business as usual for Elizabeth Buckley School. The staff will continue to maintain its excellent program for the remainder of the school year as the Board and Admin team move forward with the closure process.
“Our family is grateful for the three years our son had at this amazing school. He has flourished and, as a result, he is a confident calm individual. The community was so welcoming and warm, it will be hard to say goodbye to the supportive staff and families. “ – Melissa Phillips Board of Directors, President
“EBS has provided an important service in the community for the past 30 years. We have made a life-changing difference in the lives of many children. I sincerely hope that others will be able to step up and continue to provide leadership in the area of special education, as there is a great need for inclusive education services in the community” – Roberta MacDonald Vice Principal/Former Principal