Parents want to keep K-12

Though not billed as school closure consultations, the topic inevitably came up at School District #83 engagement session.

  • Nov. 2, 2016 6:00 a.m.

Joe McCulloch

By Heather Black

Though not billed as school closure consultations, the topic inevitably came up at Saturday’s School District #83 community engagement session in Sicamous.

After updates from different school board staff regarding curriculum, finances and operations, Official Trustee Mike McKay asked for feedback from the 50-60 community members in attendance through a short questionnaire before opening the floor to questions and concerns, at which time the proposed kindergarten to Grade 12 option took centre stage.

Regardless of whether the school system remains in two different buildings or is combined into one, the key point that emerged from the session is to keep education in Sicamous, rather than send students elsewhere.

Val Edgell, chair of the K-12 task force, presented findings from their research, including a number of benefits, such as earlier exploration of different subjects such as foods and shop, older students becoming more responsible and better behaved, less impact on kids from transitioning between schools.

Community members, however, want more details before any decisions are made, though most are determined to see the full K-12 option in Sicamous regardless of the structure that would require. While those in attendance acknowledged that enrolment numbers are currently in a slump, they questioned what will happen in 10, 15 or 20 years when numbers could rebound.

The issue of location also came up when Joe McCulloch, the district’s operations manager and father of two young kids, inquired which building—Parkview Elementary or Eagle River Secondary—would be used.

“Where would you put the one school?” he asked. “On the Trans-Canada and Main Street, or in a residential area near a recreation centre?”

That isn’t, however, the only deciding factor, as the elementary school lacks the shop, science labs and foods lab that the high school is already equipped with.

“That makes Eagle River Secondary the quicker, cheaper option,” McKay explained, but added that they are still looking at options, though need to act sooner than later. “We have to do something. We can’t play out five years.”

 

Just Posted

B.C. man convicted in fatal boat crash awaiting appeal date

Leon Reinbrecht maintains rights breached by delays

Food truck options to expand in Salmon Arm

City council votes in new food truck regulations

Kelowna West byelection called for Feb. 14

Four candidate race to replace departed former B.C. premier Christy Clark

UPDATE: Alberta resident dies in Okanagan crash

Highway 97A crash south of Pleasant Valley cross road near Spallumcheen claims a life

Dine Around Thompson Okanagan kicks off

Fifty restaurants in the region will participate in this year’s event

VIDEO: Orcas put on a show near Hornby Island

Louis Jobodin shares photos and video of his experience

LIVE: Solitary confinement in Canadian prisons unconstitutional: B.C. Supreme Court

Associations argued that solitary confinement was inhuman

1 in 4 B.C. consumers unable to pay bills, debt repayment: poll

Since interest rates first rose in July, poll suggests households across B.C. have had to tighten budget

Head on collision claims the life of Nelson man

Vehicles have since been cleared and the highway is open.

SOGI rally disrupts school board meeting, but business carries on

Chilliwack school board makes statement in support of B.C.-wide gender identity teaching resource

B.C. husband and wife honoured for saving each other’s lives

Couple presented with Vital Link Awards for quick use of CPR

154 remote B.C. communities to get high-speed internet

Government funding to bring subsea fiber optic cable to connect people on the coast

Referees called out for bad calls

Questionable officiating adds to Eagles upset

Sicamous Snow Fest on track for February

Event to feature some of the best MX snowbike riders in Canada

Most Read