The debate over the location of the downtown homeless shelter known as The Portal was taken up by Chilliwack Board of Education trustees at a special meeting last week.

Trustee Darrell Furgason put forth a resolution at the Oct. 9 meeting to get the school district to send a letter to the City of Chilliwack asking for The Portal to be relocated.

Furgason argued that the location west of Chilliwack Middle School and Chilliwack Secondary School “is endangering the well-being of our students.”

After a vigorous debate with Furgason supported by trustees Heather Maahs and Barry Neufeld, the motion was defeated in a 4-3 vote.