Stave Falls Elementary: Mission council and school board not talking a ‘tragedy’

Council says they're in the dark like the public on school sale

Members of the public and potential buyers tour the inside of Stave Falls Elementary School

Members of the public and potential buyers tour the inside of Stave Falls Elementary School


Mission’s two elected bodies council and school board are not communicating with one another and that is a loss for the community, according to at least one councillor.

“This is not just sad, it’s a tragedy,” said Coun. Jenny Stevens at a public hearing held at the district’s municipal hall on Monday evening.

The comments were made in response to a presentation from Phil Cooper of the Stave Falls Community Group, who told council about continued efforts to lease or buy Stave Falls Elementary School from the school board, in order to turn it into a community centre.

The school, which has been closed since 2008, currently sits empty and unused and is up for sale by the school board. Cooper said that he has not received any response to his queries to the board. He said he wants the school board to keep the school off sales listings and talk with the community about an arrangement that may be made to have it reopen with a new focus.

Speaking directly to the district council and mayor, he said: “We need your support.”

Several councillors and the mayor expressed agreement with Cooper on the issue but were unsure of the school board’s plans.

“We’re as much in the dark as you are,” said Stevens.

The school board’s chair, Rick McKamey, agreed that the relationship between the two bodies is poor.

“It’s been deplorable,” he said, but did not elaborate.

The district is in the process of selling Stave Falls Elementary, along with three other schools, on behalf of the ministry of education. McKamey said sealed bids have been submitted for at least one of the schools and he encourages Cooper to submit a bid or an expression of interest in leasing Stave Falls Elementary.

McKamey said that while a $1 bid would not be accepted, a bid lower than others may be given consideration if it involved a plan that would be beneficial to the community.

According to Cooper, the community wants to use the school for community events and forestry education, catering to children. He said young families don’t have the community infrastructure they need to thrive in Mission and without a community centre, they will be less likely to stay.

“Money and moms are leaving Mission every day,” he said. “We need to turn the tides and have people stay here.”

Just Posted

Cpl. Scott MacLeod and Police Service Dog Jago. Jago was killed in the line of duty on Thursday, June 17. (RCMP)
Abbotsford police, RCMP grieve 4-year-old service dog killed in line of duty

Jago killed by armed suspect during ‘high-risk’ incident in Alberta

Kalyn Head, seen here on June 4, 2021, will be running 100 kilometres for her “birthday marathon” fundraiser on July 23. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Woman’s 100-km birthday marathon from Chilliwack to Abbotsford will benefit Special Olympics B.C.

Kalyn Head hopes run raises awareness, advocates for inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities

Missing Abbotsford man Adam Hobbs was found deceased on Thursday evening (June 17).
Body of missing Abbotsford man Adam Hobbs found

Hobbs was reported missing Monday after leaving his job site in Langley

UFV athletes were honoured for their strength and perseverance during the pandemic. (UFV photo)
Fraser Valley athletes recognized in year without sports

UFV Cascades athletes honoured for strength shown during the pandemic

Mission students hold rally, say everyone welcome at school

Ecole Christine Morrison Elementary School hosted an Anti-Racism Day on June 15

Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship during a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada to welcome 45,000 refugees this year, says immigration minister

Canada plans to increase persons admitted from 23,500 to 45,000 and expedite permanent residency applications

Emily Steele holds up a collage of her son, 16-year-old Elijah-Iain Beauregard who was stabbed and killed in June 2019, outside of Kelowna Law Courts on June 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Kelowna woman who fatally stabbed teen facing up to 1.5 years of jail time

Her jail sentence would be followed by an additional one to 1.5 years of supervision

The George Road wildfire near Lytton, B.C., has grown to 250 hectares. (BC Wildfire Service)
B.C. drone sighting halts helicopters fighting 250 hectares of wildfire

‘If a drone collides with firefighting aircraft the consequences could be deadly,’ says BC Wildfire Service

A dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is pictured at a vaccination site in Vancouver Thursday, March 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
NACI advice to mix vaccines gets varied reaction from AstraZeneca double-dosers

NACI recommends an mRNA vaccine for all Canadians receiving a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine

A aerial view shows the debris going into Quesnel Lake caused by a tailings pond breach near the town of Likely, B.C., Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Updated tailings code after Mount Polley an improvement: B.C. mines auditor

British Columbia’s chief auditor of mines has found changes to the province’s requirements for tailings storage facilities

A North Vancouver man was arrested Friday and three police officers were injured after a 10-person broke out at English Bay on June 19, 2021. (Youtube/Screen grab)
Man arrested, 3 police injured during 10-person brawl at Vancouver beach

The arrest was captured on video by bystanders, many of whom heckled the officers as they struggled with the handcuffed man

Surrey Fire Service battled a dock fire along the Fraser River late Friday night (June 18). It was on Musqueam Drive, near Industrial Road, around 10:45 p.m. (Photo: Shane MacKichan)
VIDEO: Fire engulfs pier on Surrey side of the Fraser River

Dock has reportedly been unused for a long time

People in Metro Vancouver can expect to experience a short wave of heat just in time for Father’s Day, according to Environment Canada. (Black Press Media files)
Short-lived heatwave headed for Metro Vancouver this weekend

Temperatures are expected to be up to 10 degrees higher than average Sunday and Monday

Most Read