Lavington hall discussed

Lavington residents want assurances they can access the elementary school

Lavington residents want assurances they can use their community hall.

The Lavington Community Association has asked the Regional District of North Okanagan to meet with the Vernon School District over what it believes is reduced access to Lavington Elementary School.

“The board will continue discussions with the school district to resolve this short-term and long-term,” said Doug Dirk, an RDNO director.

In 1992, Lavington Elementary was upgraded and the work included a double-sized gymnasium and kitchen for community use. The community funded $500,000 towards the project and a use agreement was inked between the regional district and the school district.

However, the Lavington Community Association says a recent request for 12 hours of use in the facility was turned down by the school district and only four hours were approved.

“Community fitness and winter walking in the gym have been bumped by pickleball,” said Lyn McPherson, LCA director.

“We want to retain our say on community use after school hours.”

The use agreement ended in 2012 and is now renewed annually. RDNO and the school district are working on a new permanent agreement.

“There will be more clear sign-up procedures,” said Joe Rogers, school district superintendent.

“The Lavington Community Association will get half of the night time hours. That really is the Lavington community centre.”