Public meeting set to discuss future of Armstrong schools

Meeting, which includes topic of potential closure of historic Armstrong Elementary, will be Monday, April 11, 6:30 p.m., PVSS...

A public consultation date to discuss the potential closure of Armstrong Elementary School re-configuring schools in the city has been set.

The public meeting will take place Monday, April 11, at 6:30 p.m. at Pleasant Valley Secondary School.

North Okanagan-Shuswap school trustees voted in February to reconfigure Armstrong’s current four schools to three: two kindergarten to Grade 7 elementary schools (Highland Park Elementary and reverting Len Wood Middle School to an elementary school) and one Grade 8 to 12 school (Pleasant Valley Secondary).

This would leave Armstrong Elementary School, the historic “brick school,” which opened in 1921, facing closure.

The moves come as the school district is facing a $1.3 million budget shortfall.

The school district has prepared a 14-page information package which covers a wide majority of topics ahead of the public meeting.

“As we move towards April and more information becomes available, these packages will be updated,” said Alice Hucul, school district communications officer.

The document can be found at the district website, www.sd83.bc.ca.

A similar meeting to discuss the future of Silver Creek Elementary will be held April 6 at Silver Creek.

Trustees will vote on the proposed Armstrong reconfiguration and possible Armstrong Elementary closure at a special board meeting Tuesday, April 26 at the district education centre in Salmon Arm.