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Langley board delays Stafford decision

Langley School Board's Tuesday meeting ended with a decision on turning H.D. Stafford Secondary into a middle school delayed until at least Thursday.

Speeches from the seven trustees on the controversial recommendation were almost complete when the clock struck 11 p.m. As chair Steve Burton was speaking, former trustee Dave Hall moved to the front of the balcony in Christian Life Assembly, where the meeting was held.

Hall called out "point of order" and demanded the meeting adjourn. The board has agreed to adjourn meetings at 11 p.m. unless there is unanimous consent to extend them.

Burton asked that Hall be quiet. When Hall continued to speak and others joined in, Burton and three other trustees who spoke in favour of the middle school plan left the main portion of the church.

They went into a small meeting room, and after some negotiations with the other trustees through secretary-treasurer Peter Greenwood, the four trustees – Burton, Alison McVeigh, Rod Ross and Hattie Hogeterp – agreed to adjourn the meeting until 6 p.m. Thursday.

The Stafford recommendation will be dealt with at that time.

The other three trustees who oppose the plan did not attend the meeting in the smaller room. They stayed in the main hall of the church along with several hundred members of the audience.

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